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Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus


Females are dark brown on top and light brown underneath while the male is light gray with black wing tips.


These two Harriers did some kind of in-flight dance not far from me. Taken at the Ridgefield NWR near marker #13.

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harsuame 7 years ago

Buen disparo::

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 7 years ago

Thanks all for the comments! Emily--I believe these are both adult females. You could very well be correct that it is a territorial dispute.

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Two females together? That is interesting... I don't know my harriers very well (All I know is my goal is to photograph one this winter!), are these both adults? Maybe the "air dance" you saw was a territorial disagreement?

YogeshSave 7 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

great shot of the birds - looks like a beautiful place too !

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 7 years ago

Thank you for the nice words!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Very nice shot!

ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Great capture, Dennis!! Beautiful birds! I'd love this in the Raptors mission!!

Dennis Davenport
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Dennis Davenport

Ridgefield, Washington, USA

Spotted on Nov 2, 2012
Submitted on Nov 22, 2012

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