Female Northern Harriers hunting along the Lewisville Lake dam and over the old fish hatchery.

These attractive birds of prey seem to be drawn to the dam here at LLELA. The short grass covering the banks and air affects created by the rising earth the may be the key appeals. Northern Harriers are frequently seen skimming just over the top of the grass stalks as they follow the length of the dam.

This situation presents a unique photography opportunity for someone who has the time and patience to wait for it to develop. Positioned strategically near the dam on a sunny day, a photographer might be allowed some fantastic closeups of Norther Harriers hover hunting just a few feet/decimeters overhead.

Unfortunately, the pictures accompanying this post were all taken at long range, but I think they illustrate the possibilities the location provides quite well.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Lewisville
Date Dec 2, 2012
Time of Day Morning
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Hunting
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Northern Harrier Observation Location