Northern Harrier with Prey

Northern Harrier with Lunch, Colorado

I had no sooner arrived at my friend’s house east of Colorado Springs, CO, and had just taken my camera out of the car, when I heard a scolding noise coming from above.  I looked up and saw this female Northern Harrier being scolded by a Western King Bird.  The reason was clear — the harrier had stolen one of the kingbird’s chicks and was making off with it.  Poor kingbird — at least she managed to harass the harrier a whole lot.

“The Northern Harrier is distinctive from a long distance away: a slim, long-tailed hawk gliding low over a marsh or grassland, holding its wings in a V-shape and sporting a white patch at the base of its tail. Up close it has an owlish face that helps it hear mice and voles beneath the vegetation.” — Cornell Labs

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