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By: sassyk (offline) on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 04:33 PM EST  
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waveHarry: You said, "Well young Kay strikes again. She gets a loverly sitting and also a flying shot of one of the least seen if ever seen, hawks in this area. I saw him sitting there on the way home, but Elle kept me out too late and it was darkish. Kay, that's truly a lifer."

When I first saw the bird I thought it was a juvenile bald eagle. Then I noticed the tail feathers were very light coloured. When I saw the photos on my computer I started wondering if it was a red-tailed hawk but it didn't look like the photos in my bird books. If it is a hawk not often seen in our area, then it isn't a red-tail. What kind of hawk is itPuzzled Too bad you didn't get a photo of itRoll eyes

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By: elle (offline) on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 08:32 PM EST  
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After consulting my bird book , I think it could be a juvie red-tail , sassy, but maybe we should ask Stephane?
I thought it was a juvie bald eagle at first, too, from the first picture, but it definitley is not a juvie bald from the subsequent flying images.


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By: sassyk (offline) on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 12:18 AM EST  
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waveelle: Well, unless Harry is 'telling another tall tale', it isn't a red-tail. He said it was one of the least seen, if ever seen, hawks in this area. I've emailed the pix to my contact person at UVic and he'll let me know what it isRoll eyes


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By: Anonymous: BoOllie () on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 12:50 AM EST  
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Sitting in snowy Ohio enjoying all the beautiful pictures. Thanks everyone! wave





       
   
By: harrymilt (offline) on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 11:02 AM EST  
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Kay's rare bird is a red tail in dark morph stage. The western red tails are darker than those in the east. Like eagles, they mate for life. Their tail is a fan shape for gliding and soaring, where as the coopers hawk has a long slim tail for diving through the branches to fetch up the song bird.
Click photos larger, and again after loading to get larger still. In the gooses photo you will notice that I added light whitey yellow to the sun as it had blown out to absolute white. I also softened the edges of the birds to make them seem more as a part of the photo. The eagles are Ma and the babies cavorting at Golstream by Mount Finlayson. Enjoy,Harry..


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By: EastCoast (offline) on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 11:11 AM EST  
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wave Hello Everyone

Beautiful photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing them.


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By: bev. (offline) on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 11:12 AM EST  
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thanks for all the scapes guys.

Where is the picture of the hawk. We have a lot of red-tailed here so I could tell you.

Keep the other adult eagle out of there . already too much drama at he ealges nests this year.


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By: harrymilt (offline) on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 11:32 AM EST  
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link to ma pa fish
good movie of pa bringing a fish for ma. This is part of their mating ritual where he will offer food.
Elle: this is an adult redtail. The young ones are much lighter in color.


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