Oct. 5, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR, arriving at noon and staying until sunset. While spending the last 90 minutes of daylight parked with the sun at the camera’s back, I was more than pleased when this male Northern Harrier (nicknamed the “Gray Ghost’ in some circles) suddenly crossed the road to the correct side of the light just as it was approaching my truck–from which I shot this image. For me, spotting male harriers happens maybe 5-10% of the time at this refuge compared to females. A nice way to begin October in my book!
BEST VIEWED LARGE!
Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 400, 500mm, 5:51 p.m.