Harrier Flying with Vole

By Dave Brooks


On October 14, 2018. At Point Reyes National Seashore. I was watching a herd of Tule Elk when this Northern Harrier came flying across a swale in my direction. I was able to get my lens focused on him quickly to catch this short series of images around 10am.


The light was reasonably favorable and and I was only about 30 yards away from this action.


He swooped in for a landing with the vole clutched tightly in talons. I really like the shape of the tail as it is here in a strong fan deployment to slow down for the landing.


He landed in this tangle of brush and made quick work of his mid-morning meal.

Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm, 1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 1400