Hawk With Owl-Like Facial Disks: August 2022

While walking about a rainy Quebec marsh photographing wildflowers, I came across a large bird perched on a post some distance away.

This is a species which I have never had much luck photographing before.

Northern Harrier

As you can see, they have always been high in the sky.

This bird clearly has facial disks but is not an owl.

When it flew, it showed a white rump.

The bird is a female Northern Harrier. Males are pale gray.

Northern Harrier (female)
Northern Harrier (female)

Other birds:

Pied-billed Grebe
Song Sparrow
Sandhill Crane
Common Ravens

Some botany:

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)


I did not know about their post-excavation strategy. 😊 👍🏻


On the warm and perfumed dark

glows the firefly’s tender spark.     – Horatio Nelson Powers (1826–90)

Miles Hearn

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