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Star Harrier

In a recent star observing run, I set up my camera on the tracking mount while it was still light to make sure everything would be ready to go. Soon after this bird kept flying around my car, it looked like a cross between an owl and a hawk. It was looking for dinner and I just didn't have enough time to take my camera off of the mount to capture him. He was beautiful, I have never seen a bird like him in the desert. After I got home I decided to look up what kind of bird he was and just draw him. He was a northern harrier a long way from home.

Star Harrier painting by: Laurie Larson