RICHARD A. KING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY 
The Hawks Of Barnegat Bay


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Barnegat Bay Sky Hunters

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TAKEN OVER 13 YRS. OF A SINGLE GROUP
OF NORTHERN HARRIERS 



The Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus)
The true raptor of the Barnegat Bay  


#1 The Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) Juv. female
#2 The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) male
 Though the Marsh Hawk and Osprey are the most common raptors of the Barnegat Bay and Estuary, spending a full season to nest, many other hawks are also accommodated here.   The photos below are some of those species. 

#3 The Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Though common on much of the inland estuary, they're only rarely seen on the east side of the Bay, probably due to a dislike of crossing large bodies of water.  This photo was taken in the late fall during migration. Like other  shots on this page it was an exciting bonus of the techniques I used for the marsh hawks. 
Rough-Leg Hawk(Buteo lagopus)
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Winter Raptor
Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii)
Coopers Hawk( Accipiter cooperii) Juv.
All the white slashes on both these Coopersshow them both to be juveniles.  Both were shot  in a small marsh pond in Oct. while attempting to prey on the plentiful Myrtle Warbler populations.
  
# 7 Sharpshin Hawks ( Accipiter striatus ) Adult
 

# 10 Merlin Falcon (Falco columbarius)
At about the same size as the Sharpshin hawk, it can usually be told apart by the mask on its face.  
# 11 Merlin Falcon (Falco columbarius)
Both these individuals had the same MO as the sharpshins : preying on migrating warblers in the same marsh pond.  
Peregrin Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
At 13" to 23", the Peregrin Falcon has the similar sexual dimorphism as foun in other birds of prey.  Being larger than the Merlyn Falcon can choose larger prey like shore birds which,  like all Falcons, it takes on the wing.  

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