Monday, October 18, 2010

Let's Hear it for the Boys

No dry pants in the blind when this fabulous male Northern Harrier came in! The Grey Ghost he's called, and for good reason. My God what a sexy creature. Long tail, crazy-looking head, and hardly anything to him. You can see from the brown feathers still in his plumage that he has not lost all his juvenal feathers. Check out that facial disc. They hunt with their heads held down, to hear the mice and sparrows, etc, in the fields they hunt over.

And another male - this time a jack merlin! In falconry terms, a male is a jack. The males and females are both brown as juvenals, but the males get this silvery grey starting their second year. As above, you can see the brown feathers still in the plumage.

You can see the vasculature in the nictitating membrane (over the eye) of this first year Northern Goshawk.

Finally - some release shots. The hot chicks are sisters and mom of friend Sharon Stiteler and the handsome fellow releasing the harrier is sub-bander Chuck

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