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Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus


These birds are slender birds of prey. Wings are long and when flying are often held in a shallow V when gliding. Males are gray above and white below; females brown (shown). Faces are unusually flat looking. They have a white patch on the upper side of the tail base.


Often seen flying over grasslands, especially marshes.


This was a long shot and the photo is highly cropped. Still it shows quite plainly that this raptor had caught a leopard frog (at least I can tell that when I zoom way in on the original).

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1 Comment

AshleyT 5 years ago

Nice shot! Poor frog, but all part of life I suppose :)

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Minnesota, USA

Lat: 45.48, Long: -93.71

Spotted on Sep 12, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2014

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