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    I saw a male Northern Harrier, also called a Gray Ghost, making some swoops over the vegetation and decided to see why. This coyote was considered a threat as it was nesting season for the harriers.

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    And STAY OUT!
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    I'll show you!
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    This is awesome, John!

    Looks like the coyote has had enough of the harrier:) Very interesting interaction and I am so glad you shared this with us!

    What were the lighting conditions like, at the time?

    Love the last two frames portraying a very annoyed coyote...He probably deserves it, he must have been "in the wrong place, at the wrong time"? Kindly tell us more if possible...also, I would like to know where do those harriers nest?

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    Thank you Gabriela.

    Conditions were solid overcast gray.

    The harriers make their nests in the vegetation. Not sure if it is on the ground or a platform in the vegetation though.

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    Dear John,

    I would appreciate it if you found out and let me know - I always thought harriers nest somewhere off the ground:)

    Your coyote reminds me of our jackals around here - cunning, great hunters, full of character, also funny sometimes. I truly enjoyed this sequence - thank you!

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    I found they do nest on the ground and sometimes on a slight mound but hidden in vegetation.

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    This is one heck of a sequence you captured here. I've never seen or heard of anything like it. That last capture is simply amazing. I wonder how much of a crop this is. I just tried recropping your final frame with some off of the bottom and right and down just a tad from the top to just past the dark line. I feel it makes the image even more powerful! Thanks for sharing this amazing series.
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    What a fantastic thing to see, and a great capture of it! Once again, the last frame is priceless!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Scarr View Post
    This is one heck of a sequence you captured here. I've never seen or heard of anything like it. That last capture is simply amazing. I wonder how much of a crop this is. I just tried recropping your final frame with some off of the bottom and right and down just a tad from the top to just past the dark line. I feel it makes the image even more powerful! Thanks for sharing this amazing series.
    Thank you Marina. It is about 33% max vertically. I apologize for getting back to these so late.

    I agree on tightening the crop a wee bit as you suggested does make a better image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Miller View Post
    What a fantastic thing to see, and a great capture of it! Once again, the last frame is priceless!!
    Thank you Diane.

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