Reader Stephen Barnard sends a Northern Harrier and another photo of the rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) I posted yesterday. His notes:
The Northern Harrier (aka Marsh Hawk; Circus cyaneus):
1. Hears or sees the prey, probably a vole. (They hunt by ear a lot
which accounts for their owl-like heads.)
2. Makes a sharp turn with talons out.
3. Makes a mid-course correction.
4. Goes for the kill.
The hummingbird shot is especially fine, I’ll immodestly claim.
Here they are, in order:
And the hummer: