Saturday, February 17, 2007

Red Tail Hawk

This Red Tail was perched in a tree along our usual "path". All the birds were struggling today because it was very windy. This bird seems to be a darker morph than some of the other birds, especially those along Woods Road (see post below). But like all Red Tails, they are uneasy around people -- so of course he flew!

This is a great shot, except for one thing. Have you ever seen a headless bird flying?

One nice thing about this shot, is you can really see the red tail. I think these birds "flash" that tail on purpose -- it really does stand out.

Here's another shot. You can clearly see the bird's underside and the little "moons" at the ends of the wings just at the base of the primaries.

I'm not sure if this is the same bird I saw week before last. It does look like he's lost a few feathers on the right wing.

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