An afternoon with a Northern Harrier
It was time for a second visit to Amherst Island. There had been many reports of Snowy Owls landing there but these birds wouldn’t be the main focus of my trip. I had two days and the weather forecast for the first day didn’t look good. The second day would be a bit better but it turned out mostly overcast.
When I drove off the ferry I could already see white specs in the distance. Most of them were in the distance and I didn’t see an opportunity for a good photo. I kept driving and stopped at a farm which was located on an elevation looking onto the farmland.
Overlooking the farm fields I could see a spec of gray and black gliding over the golden grass. A male Northern Harrier was hunting in the fields. I decided to observe the bird first and I could recognize a pattern where it would start at the right field and cross over the road to the other field. I positioned my car hoping it would make some nice runs for me to photograph.
This is my first real attempt at birds in flight and I’m happy that I got such a cooperative bird. There are a few things I learned from this experience which I’ll write about in a next post. The new 500mm PF is performing really well and I’m amazed by the quality and the ease of handling. Paired with the D5 makes for a great combo but I’m eying a d850 so that I can crop in a bit more.