December 4, 2016

December 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My past few weekends have been extremely busy with very long days, so today I decided to sleep in and get a late start on things. What a fantastic idea! The boyz and I slept until 8:45 and I didn't venture out until 11:40.

I met up with a friend and we went over to the Shawangunk Grasslands in Walkill, NY. The grasslands is an area that is protected for bird life as well as uncommon plants. Our hopes were to see the Northern Harriers and the Short-eared Owls. The weather was sunny, yet a bit cool around 40 degrees. The sunshine did a great job keeping us warm, but once the sun dropped all my limbs went numb, regardless of the multiple layers of clothing and the hand warmers.

The Northern Harriers flew throughout the day. Most often they were too far for photographs, but we did get one really good opportunity for relatively close shots. The hawk came in from our left and went by the front of us as we were set up on the ramp near the parking lot. It wasn't too close, but close enough for relatively decent shots. 

Then close to 4pm (as it was getting dark), the Northern Harriers started flying again and the Short-eared Owls started popping up. Most of the time the activity was too distant for photographs, especially since it was quickly getting darker and darker. It was really fun watching the way the owls and the hawks interacted and chased one another. We did have one Short-eared Owl fly past, relatively close. If the light were better, it would have made for a great photo opportunity, but since the light stunk, it was impossible to get anything too good.

Because my shots of the owls were not so good, I've decided to use a Northern Harrier shot as my blog post. If you are interested in seeing two shots I got of the one owl, feel free to check them out on my Facebook page: Debs Creative Images.


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