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Old Nov 17, 2007, 7:25 PM   #1
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From my own ID and that of a couple of experienced local birders...this is a juvenile dark morph RTH.

Sitting on a farmers fence near some hay bales.
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 7:26 PM   #2
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Flew up on a power pole
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 7:29 PM   #3
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Left the power pole and did a fly over to give me a good look at the plumage in flight
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 7:36 PM   #4
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I enjoyed seeing these. Thanks for posting them.

TOTALLY WACKY roger
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 8:55 PM   #5
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Wow! Great captures! :|
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 9:17 PM   #6
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Great shooting VP! Love the look it's giving you on the first one....cheers..Don
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 9:20 PM   #7
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Great captures! I've not come across one of these yet.
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 1:19 AM   #8
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wow. nice dark morph capture vp. great series of shots showing off different perspectives on this hawk. i like the bif shot.

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Old Nov 18, 2007, 7:38 AM   #9
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Ithought some of you that haven't seen one,might enjoy looking at a "different" Red-tail. This is the first one I have ran across after years of looking at hawks. There were reports of at least three others spotted by birders in TX yesterday.

Thanks for the comments, everyone!
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Ithought some of you that haven't seen one,might enjoy looking at a "different" Red-tail. This is the first one I have ran across after years of looking at hawks. There were reports of at least three others spotted by birders in TX yesterday.
FWIW. it is "different", alright - different enough to be worthy of comment. Buteo hawks (broad-winged soaring hawks) ofmost species are among the most variable of birds, the departures from the norm supposedlyserving to fool prey species which have formed "search images" based on the most common morphs soaring in the sky above them. The Red-tails west of the Mississippi have half a dozen subspecies/races/named populations, each of which have light, intermediate, and dark morphs in addition to the "typical" forms (the Wheeler Guide has 82 photographs of Red-tails West of the Mississippi, no two exactly alike!). Sabine's excellent photos (especially the third) look very much likeit might be a juvenile dark morphfrom a population that breeds in the far Northwest (Alaske and the Yukon), formerly was known as "Harlan's Hawk." These winter primarily in the midwest, and are notoften encounteredfar southin Texas in most years. It is not surprising thata person would not haveencountered onepreviously.
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