During the night prior to the last day of photography, there was a small snowstorm, which left about 1 to 2 inches of snow in the valley. Driving on the causeway, there was a very strong wind blowing across the causeway and across the Great Salt Lake. The wind help keep the raptors in a hovering type mode.
I was able to photograph the "Gray Ghost" not only flying, but also perched on the ground and feeding on a mouse, that it had caught. My companion, Middleton, was that he had been waiting 20 years to photograph "great ghost"perched.
|Male in Flight - whitish underparts and black wing tips|
|On the ground|
|Flying with mouse|
For comparison, here is a female Northern Harrier in flight. Notice the darker wings and body and no large black tips on the wings.
There will be more blogs coming about my Utah trip, so stay tuned.