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Northern Harrier Take-off



Winter scene in Vermont-Northern Harrier

Winter scene in Vermont-Northern Harrier
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lizziemellis August 23, 2017
Awesome wingspan nicely done:-)
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animalartist October 26, 2017
Thank you!
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Alwolfe September 03, 2017
Great capture!
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animalartist October 26, 2017
Thank you!
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DonArsenault November 09, 2017
Nice timing and wonderful capture!
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Thank you!
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marcdewitt January 03, 2018
Wow!!! Shots like this are not easy to get!
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Thank you!
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Stellasview April 07, 2018
Oh love the capture here
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geraldinethompson April 07, 2018
fantastic capture very beautiful
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RavenWolf724 April 07, 2018
Absolutely stunning
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Thank you!
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susanmcfarland April 09, 2018
Nice shot
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Thanks so much!
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triciastucenski April 18, 2018
Beautiful capture!
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Thanks so much!
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texaaronpueschel May 21, 2018
A fantastic capture of the wingspan.
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Thanks so much!
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keepclicking November 21, 2018
Awesome photograph
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keepclicking December 11, 2018
Fabulous image
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DNproSTUDIO March 29, 2019
so nice owl shoot
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Flyingpenguine3 April 26, 2019
Magnificent Wings, and I love that intent look. I also love how it doesn't look staged the way some bird pictures do!
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vitor October 29, 2019
marvelous eye !
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animalartist October 29, 2019
Thank you!!
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sophialee Apr 01
Great photo
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Thank you
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Thank you! Hope to see some of your photos soon!

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at Dead Creek Wildlife management area in Addison Vermont. It is a great spot for all kinds of raptors, and huge flocks of migrating Snow Geese. I almost always see a Norther Harrier there, flying low around the corn fields.
Time
I took this photo at around 3 PM in March.
Lighting
The light was pretty good-no sun, but bright snow.
Equipment
I used a Canon 1D Mark IV-and old war horse, with a Canon 400 f/5.6 lens. This lens is also a classic. Not image stabilized, fut really fast and sharp. I handheld the camera for this shot and a series that went with it.
Inspiration
This is one of my favorite raptors, and it's behavior that day was striking-it kept diving for prey in the snow.
Editing
I don't recall much post-processing other than sharpening camera raw, and cropping. I might have used a little noise reduction.
In my camera bag
I am shooting with a Nikon D500 with a 300 lens and a 1.4 teleconverter at present, for shots like this. It is much lighter to carry and seems like a pretty good compromise for a long-ish lens. I still have my old 1DIV and the 400 lens. Love it, but it's pretty slow compared to the Nikon.
Feedback
Knowing where to look is on the top of the list for a bird like this. Then you have to always have your camera with you-I keep mine on the car seat for quick grabs-sometimes shooting out of the car window-it makes a good blind. You need a fast shutter speed-this shot was 1/3200 sec. at f 7.1 ISO 800. Aperture priority. In this case the ISO determined the shutter speed. 800 is fairly high for this old camera, but it did the trick, and wasn't overly noisy. I'm always on the look out for birds and this was no exception. I went to this place expecting to see this bird and wasn't disappointed, though that is not always the case. Coming home empty-handed is part of the game- it takes a lot of lousy photos to finally come up with a good one, in my experience. Each effort is a learning experience. I love being out there exploring whether I get a good shot or not.

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