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Old Oct 13, 2007, 5:04 PM   #1
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While visiting a local botanical garden today, I had the opportunity for up-close and personal looks at a few birds of prey that had been injured and are temporary or permanent guests of a Little Rock based raptor rehab project.

This fellow is highly unusual....an amelanotic Red Tailed Hawk.

Note that he is not an albino....none of the usual characteristics of albinism (red eyes, etc)....just has a complete absence of melanin, resulting in even his talons being white

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Old Oct 13, 2007, 5:08 PM   #2
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They are a beautiful bird no matter what color they are, or in this case arent.
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Old Oct 13, 2007, 6:18 PM   #3
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Beautiful bird, and good angles on the captures.
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 1:45 AM   #4
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this must be quite a rare bird. so striking in it's appearance, almost mythic!

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Old Oct 19, 2007, 10:33 PM   #5
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w0w your right!!! it is strange but mythic is only the beginning of how this bird grabs me!!!!!

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Old Oct 20, 2007, 11:54 AM   #6
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Wow, beautiful bird, great capture
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