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Albino Hawk

Albino Hawk
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2657 W: 278 N: 4873] (19677)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Albinism and leucism [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 18:47
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I know that this photo is grainy, not sharp and over exposed but I have been trying for two years now to get a shot of this partial albino (Leucistic) Redtailed Hawk. It is snow white except for a tail feather or two which has a little red on them.
It's been hanging around my area for the last two years, but it is very elusive and will not let you get close to it at all. I usually only get within 300 yards of it before it flies away.
This afternoon I got home from church and spotted it in a tree about 70 yards away. There were also alot of crows in the tree keeping it occupied. I grabbed my camera and tried to sneak up on it, but it spotted me and this was all I could get.
I cropped it a lot and sharpened, but this was as good as I could get it. I debated whether to post it but then I thought, hey, TN is about nature, and most people will never get the chance to see a bird like this again so why not.

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Hi Ron,
yes this photo has some issues in terms of it's quality but that is a minor thing when you stop and think how rare this bird must be.I know crows can be all white and so can American robins and others as well.I have never seen an albino raptor of any sort and if this bird is still around in your area,it sure would be well worth going out for more photos of it as I know the beauty shot is only a photo session away.Thanks for sharing this very unique looking capture,I'm envious of this one as it is just crazy rare.Keep trying for it. Bob

Hi Ron
Great work capturing this guy and thanks for sharing. It is not often you get to see the unusual!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
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Hi Ron,
Now, this is very rare!
You were so lucky to make such an encounter.
Thanks for sharing this discovery.

Hi Ron,

Wow, what a bird! You're right to post it, the subject matter in this instance trumps any technical shortcomings. You caught it in a nice pose.

Hmmm, just checked the B&H site, only $7,600 for the Canon 600mm f/4 image stabilized telephoto lens, that ought to do the trick! ;-)


Exactly! This is what TN is all about (in my humble opinion). I had no idea that albino hawks existed!!! How exciting to get this shot, or one at all! Thank you for sharing it. Keep trying - perhaps it will get used to you eventually?

Nice pic... I just saw my first albino Hawk today and its a wonderful creature I failed once again to have my camera with me but she could have been a twin to the one in this pic you took. I'm in Ohio as well the bird was seen about 2 miles South of Caldwell Gonna have my camera tomorrow for sure.

Hi Ron,
I live near Caldwell, and the other day me and my husband were driving around and spotted this albino hawk. I would say it was the same one in your picture, i was able to get a few shots but they were at a far distance and not very sharp, the hawk was flying around a lot. Just to update your sighting the hawk is still in the area and very beautiful.

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