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I see a light...

I see a light...
Photo Information
Copyright: Lotti Sidwell (hippoduck) (59)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15 20:34
Viewed: 2757
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this while on a trip to the Tracy Aviary for my birthday. It was like my dream world.
Anyway, this is a Swainson's hawk. The Swainson's Hawk is a slender raptor, slightly smaller than a Red-tailed Hawk. But, the Swainson's Hawk has a slightly longer wingspan and slimmer wings than other soaring hawks. In flight, it tips back and forth slightly while soaring.
Light-morph adults are white on the underparts with a dark, reddish "bib" on the chest and a noticeable white throat and face patch. The underwings, seen as the bird soars, have dark linings and pale flight feathers, a pattern unique among North American raptors. The tail is gray-brown with about six narrow dark bands and one wider band. The upperparts are brown. Juveniles are similar but dark areas have pale mottling and light areas, especially the flanks, have dark mottling. The chest is pale with some darker marks. The subterminal band of the tail is less obvious. Birds in their first spring may have pale heads because of feather wear.
Dark-morph birds are dark brown except for a light patch under the tail. There is a rufous variant that is lighter on the underparts with reddish bars. The tails of both these forms resemble those of the light morph.
This guy's a Light-Morph.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-07-16 12:11]

Hello Lotti,
This is a fine shot and very "human"!!

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