Short-eared Owls & Hawks in NY State

For the past 3 Winters I’ve made the drive from Southern CT to the Orange County area in New York state to photograph raptors and try to especially capture one in particular that has always eluded me, Short-eared Owls.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been lucky to finally get the shots I’ve been looking for and more!  Not only was I able to photograph these owls in flight as they hunted in open farm fields, but also witness amazing interactions among their own and with Northern Harriers in mid air fights over freshly caught voles.  On one trip there was a rain shower that was quickly followed by an amazing double rainbow that stretched across the sky that a pair of adult Northern Harriers (Male & Female) flew directly in front of.  I was able to grab my camera and capture this amazing moment that you can see below, along with some of my favorite images from my trips up there recently.

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