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Old Aug 2, 2005, 10:35 PM   #1
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Came across this hawk on my way home from a drive in the country tonight. Does any one know what type it is?

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Old Aug 2, 2005, 11:15 PM   #4
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Potentially might be a Northern Harrier.

Poke around the Hawks-in-Flight gallery
http://www.virtualbirder.com/cgi-bin...t&BAND=mid
See if you can find something closer :-)

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Beautiful shot, Jim, and to me it also appears to be a female Harrier. I've been shooting one for about a week now and your bird looks very similar. Great work! They are a dynamic bird.

PS - I've been shooting the male mostly, but I recently got some shots of the female who is a touch darker and has a less harsh sound, more like the sound of an osprey, the female, a chirp chirp sort of thing.
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Beautiful shot, Jim, and to me it also appears to be a female Harrier. I've been shooting one for about a week now and your bird looks very similar. Great work! They are a dynamic bird.

PS - I've been shooting the male mostly, but I recently got some shots of the female who is a touch darker and has a less harsh sound, more like the sound of an osprey, the female, a chirp chirp sort of thing.
I don't think so. The face is more conventional, than that of the Harrier and the colors are VERY wrong. It also has wings of a different shape - But really nice shots. And if we can't all match Norm - well I have an arrangement with a friend of a friend to take care of him...

Dave

PS. No White pillow at the base of the tail - dead give-away
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Old Aug 3, 2005, 11:27 AM   #7
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Very nice photos Killdeer. I'm no expert on hawks so I can't help with the ID but I sure like your pictures. They are good.

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Dave's absolutely right on this one, my mistake. :roll:
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Well my birding friend came back from holidays and got to see the pictures of the hawk. He believes it is a Swainson's Hawk in its dark phase.

PeterP - thanks for the link to the bird show. It's excellent.

Thanks for all the compliments. Sometimes you just get lucky.

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