The Northern Harrier, sometimes referred to as the Gray Ghost, is one such bird. It’s ability to glide, just a few feet off the ground for long periods of time, moving slowly and rarely flapping its wings is simply breathtaking.
This morning while birding blueberry barrens in Union, Maine I spied a female harrier on the ground (I wondered if they ever landed). I then watched it circle the fields for about 10 minutes . . . never rising more than a dozen feet in the air and in one unending glide . . . banking to catch the wind or grab a thermal.
A true master of the glide.