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  •  Wonderful (4+ / 0-)
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    Love that complex sky behind the harrier!

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    by Kestrel on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 05:27:28 PM PDT

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    •  thank you!..when Peregrines attack? (4+ / 0-)
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      I plan, haha, to be up that way sometime in the next whatever month this is, and will EM y'all up there and see if there is any birdy goings on , maybe at NN eve.

      That Harrier was drifting around up at 2-300', and recently one of the local Birders was saying she saw one gliding far up and that was rare.
        This is the original taken at 5x, and very lucky the focus was good for the closer bird than the harder to define and focus on clouds. The earlier shot was blown up 100% and cropped.

      This one had been hunting low down, in fact I almost stepped on him, and he had been flying the 'someone little and sqweeky is going to die ' pattern 15' above the grass...no parts left on the ground, I wonder if he had been ground hunting as Cooper's sometimes do.
        But there he was gliding...

      earlier when he was gliding over to the earlier picture spot, this is over the More Mesa grasslands blufftop area just se of the SB airport.

      man, the dkos image library is so easy and fast..geez, and it preserved the date of the picture so I could find the others from that beautiful March afternoon.

      There was a fast bird swooped at the Harrier and a wrangle, now I just blew up this tiny spot and I think it was a Peregrine Falcon attack, they fell over the cliff edge ( see TV searching it, heh) then the Harrier came back up and the Peregrine did farther away..what do you think?
      possible Peregrine Falcon?:

      It was a puzzle at the time, I just did not think it a hunting attack (and thus the possibility of it being a Peregrine) but more maybe a WTKite or another Harrier territory squabble)...but contact was made and they went over the 200' cliff edge.

         Now looking at this picture blown up it looks much greyer and more Peregriney than the Harrier..but the long tail and wing shape could also be Harrier...but topside: tada: no white spot! ...soooo....and Harrier is whitish underside even if this was in shadow...hmmm.

      Pretty sure I saw the white patch on the bird I jumped, I suppose it could have been the Peregrine as I would normally expect it to be the Harrier(s) I see all the time there. It complained loudly and my memory now remembers it as more Peregrine sounding than anything I have heard Harrier's say.....more hmmmm...

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      by KenBee on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:33:39 PM PDT

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      •  I think the Harrier in your first photo set (3+ / 0-)
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        is a female. The photo above looks like a male Harrier (the "Gray Ghost"). I suspect that what you saw was probably "flirting."

        Would be great to see you during NN13. There is a birding outing planned for Sunday, June 23. Can you make that date? Otherwise, I think there will be occasional brief outings during the conference.

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        by tgypsy on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 07:42:24 AM PDT

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        •  a possibility! (3+ / 0-)
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          I will work on it, thanks!

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          by KenBee on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 12:07:44 PM PDT

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        •  sex, now why didn't I think of that? hmmmph.... (3+ / 0-)
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          that makes more sense, it wasn't as fast and violent as life or death..well, it was but in a different way, haha.

          And it was March 13thish, there's a big oak forest in the gully/creek, ok, riparian area nearby there where the Short Earred owls come from, probably also a family grouping.

          The WTKites seem to nest in a Euc stand in the middle, at least roost there. Crows also roost out there, and I found a baby/fledgling GHOwl on the oak forest floor one day, he flew up and scolded me.

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          by KenBee on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 12:16:53 PM PDT

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