Launch of a lone raptor–silent hunter

On July 3, 2015, I shot and posted an image of a male Northern Harrier with its catch.  The above shot is of that same harrier launching from a post (lower left in photo) about 500 feet from my road location.  Both images were taken from that same location.  This launch shot was snapped about a half hour prior to the bird’s displaying of the captured rodent.  The image above is meant to depict a glimpse into the life of a lone raptor, on a warm day, out in the middle of a huge field, and overgrown with tall grass and teasel.  Thirty minutes after launch… he has his meal.  So much fun to watch and even more satisfying to photograph!

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Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f5.6, ISO 500, 700mm, 7:55 a.m.

On July 3, 2015, I shot and posted an image of a male Northern Harrier with its catch.  The above shot is of that same harrier launching from a post (lower left in photo) about 500 feet from my road location.  Both images were taken from that same location.  This launch shot was snapped about a half hour prior to the bird’s displaying of the captured rodent.  The image above is meant to depict a glimpse into the life of a lone raptor, on a warm day, out in the middle of a huge field, and overgrown with tall grass and teasel.  Thirty minutes after launch… he has his meal.  So much fun to watch and even more satisfying to photograph!

VIEW LARGE

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f5.6, ISO 500, 700mm, 7:55 a.m.

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