The harrier on the post

I’ve mentioned my frustration with the harriers that land on a post alongside the trail at Dungeness Recreation Area. How they’re always there when I’ve left the camera home. And at times I’ve gotten ridiculously close, without, of course, a camera. That white line in the picture above is one of the favored posts. And that tiny dot on top? That’s a harrier. If I didn’t know better I’d say he was teasing me.

I approached, up the grade, toward the perch. Quietly. Not too intent. I swear critters can feel the energy of an excited photographer.

Here’s the cropped last shot before he glided off. “Okay,” he seemed to say. “You can show that I perch here but I’ll be darned if I’m going to give you a shot with high definition feathers, you crazy paparazzi. Get a life!”

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