Northern Harrier

I found this Northern Harrier near the model airplane field, riding out a February 2003 snow storm. These raptors are normally quite difficult to approach, but like many other birds I have encountered during this particularly cold and snowy winter, she let me get much closer than I expected. Possibly she was trying to conserve energy.
February 12, 2003

Harrier flaring, September 13, 2002