About 80% of the times we go walking I bring my camera. Fortunately this day was not an exception.
As we walked along the path we spooked a hawk but it flew only a short distance away, showing us its white bloomers as it took off.
White rump and this interesting, owl-like face meant it had to be a Northern Harrier, either a juvenile or female. I decided it was most likely a mature female.
We saw that she had left her prey on the ground and we quickly backed away. She looked us over and decided we had moved far enough not to be a threat and came back.
She checked out her catch.
She looked around to see what other intruder might be close.
Then she went to work removing the feathers from her meal.
We turned around and picked another route to walk. We didn't want to disturb her further though it is a popular trail and I don't know how long she was left in peace. When we came by later the only sign of the drama was a pile of feathers.
The male Harrier is gray and I was fortunate to get a picture of one last year.
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