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Northern Harrier (Male)
29-MAY-2010

Northern Harrier (Male)

O'Toole Road, Orleans, Ontario

I was on my way to the Grebe pond this morning, when in a nearby field I noticed an ariel display of two Northern Harriers. I pulled over and noticed that a male and female Harrier were dive bombing a Wild Turkey that wandered to close to their nesting site (my theory). The turkey wandered closer to me and needless to say, so did the Harriers. The Turkey refused to leave even after loosing several feathers as the male actually got a grip two or three times. This was the most amazing interaction of wildlife I have seen so far...I didn't bother shooting any Grebes this morning after emptying an 8gb, 4gb and a little 1gb cf card on the Harriers :)

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/800s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400 full exif

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wade clare11-Jun-2010 12:12
Nice bird to get.
golfpic04-Jun-2010 03:57
Nice shot of this harrier. That is some cool experience with the wild turkey and I would have done the same....staying with the harriers. Plenty of grebes to photograph with 3-4 nesting pairs :-)
Jean D30-May-2010 00:54
Awesome morning and well captured!
Hank Vander Velde29-May-2010 22:53
SUPER flight and action shot Bill. I'm sure the Grebes will be there tomorrow.
Robert D. McAlpine29-May-2010 19:22
Wow! Great shot, Bill and the Grebes will still be there tomorrow!
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