As I was photographing Snow Geese at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, this Harrier buzzed by me. I was concentrating on the large group of Snow Geese, so this one sneaked up on me before I noticed it. I managed to get a few quick shots before it was out of range. They work the fields gliding over the grasses, looking for food, usually rodents or even a stay small bird. They constantly fly low searching, so if you notice them a little in the distance, be patient and hopefully they work their way near you. In some areas they are also referred to as Marsh Hawks.
We enjoy going to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge, Maryland. You never know what you will find, so it is like going on a treasure hunt. It is a large refuge, so even though there are large numbers of birds & wildlife, some might be far out in the distance for photography. Long lenses are good to bring here, but if you are patient & observant you can find a lot of photo opportunities. Blackwater has a Wildlife Drive plus walking trails. It is known for its large population of Bald Eagles and also has some Golden Eagles. It has one of the largest populations of Bald Eagles on the East Coast, which nearly doubles in the Winter months. In the Summer months Ospreys return and quite often you see them interacting with the Bald Eagles. Also look for a variety of Harriers, Herons, Egrets, Swans, Ducks, Pelicans, Snow Geese, etc. Here are a few Eagles, Osprey and a Harrier.