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Norther Harriers flirting

Northern Harrier

Brazoria NWR, SE Texas

 

This was kinda neat to watch, although it was so far away from where I was sitting that the photos aren't clear. Why don't these things ever happen right in front of us?? Anyway, these are 2 Harriers linking talons, one upside down, in midair. I think I read that it's a courtship ritual. In this particular sequence, it was a missed attempt. A few moments later, but farther away, they were successful. They link up and just freefall for a moment.

 

Having some trouble with arthritis in my hands these days so viewing your photos but haven't been commenting. I'll catch up soon!

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Taken on December 2, 2011