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PIC OF THE WEEK: 01/14/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

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Northern Harrier (female)

(Circus cyaneus)

Where: Socorro County, NM • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: This unique raptor forages by flying low hugging the contours of the land. It flies above open grasslands and marshes looking for small rodents. We were fortunate to have this female bird fly close-by the roadside ditch we were traveling. So we stopped and got our cameras out. It must have heard or seen a rodent, because suddenly it banked into a turn, flew right past us and then landed on a dirt mound only twenty feet away! This hawk, formerly known as the Marsh Hawk, is easily identified by its long V-shaped wings, long tail and white rump-patch, that can be seen from quite a distance away. This medium-sized bird of prey is typically about eighteen inches long and has a three to four foot wing span. This is one of the few hawks in which the sexes look very different. The male is white below with a light gray back and hood, the female is mottled in browns and rust. Their disc shaped face aids their hearing as they slowly meander the landscape in search of prey.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/4000 second • Aperture = f-6.3 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 12-12-12

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