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Old Jan 8, 2008, 9:13 PM   #1
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I came upon this sceen New Year's day. I think the bobcat is only a few hours dead. I could see his tracks in the snow.








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Old Jan 8, 2008, 9:56 PM   #2
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Wow! That's one tough Red Tail!.....what do you think took the Bobcat down? By the way, great shot!...cheers...Don
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Old Jan 8, 2008, 11:34 PM   #3
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Interesting and graphic photo! Good catch. I would be inclined to call that a Swainsons Hawk--intermediate morph-- Just seems a little out of place that time of year. Maybe one that didn't or couldn't migrate out.
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Old Jan 9, 2008, 12:26 AM   #4
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wow. if the carcass is only a few hours dead, that hawk made quick work of it. where there any other animals in the vicinity?

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Old Jan 9, 2008, 7:37 AM   #5
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Amazing photo, although Iwonder ifsome other critter may have gotten at the carcass first, judging from the looks of it? Cheers, Dan
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Old Jan 9, 2008, 4:53 PM   #6
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Another graphic shot - great job! you were definitely in the right place !

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Old Jan 9, 2008, 6:44 PM   #7
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I don't know what killed the cat there were lots of tracks in the sand and snow but no sign of a struggle. What ever killed the animal could of "opened it up" before the hawk got there. I seriously doubt the hawk had anything to do with the demise of the cat. I have been looking at both red-tail and Swainson's Hawks on the internet an am convinced that it is a red-tail. Both the cat and the hawk were quite large. the cat isa few inches short of3 feet long to give some scale.
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Tough call from a photograph, but I agree with Philby that it is a Red Tail; as variable as Swainsons are, I don't think you will find one with a red tail, bars or no bars. The hawk is certainly scavenging, afterother crittersfinished with it. Graphic picture - good catch.
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That will teach me to keep my mouth shut Especially when it comes to western sub-species :?
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That will teach me to keep my mouth shut Especially when it comes to western sub-species :?
Not to worry - there is a lot of variation. If it were easy, there wouldn't be so many field guides just to hawks!
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