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Old Sunday 11th March 2007, 02:52   #1
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Hawk (?) in California - ID Help, please...

I took these two photos today in Fremont, California (SF Bay Area). I have looked at my Sibley's guide, but can't seem to figure out what this bird might be. There were two flying around at the same time together, so I don't know if this is the same bird in each shot, but I believe it is the same species. I got several shots of them and only one somewhat focused of the backside which is included for ID purposes.

I was so in awe watching these birds soar and dive...it was breathtaking!!

Any help with the Id would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Northern Harrier-Note the dark head in pic 1 and distinct white rump patch in Picture 2.
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Old Sunday 11th March 2007, 02:57   #3
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Hey gail , that bird has to be a northern Harrier. Great bird - and great photos - I have been seeing a couple around my local patch lately also -
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Wow. Thanks! I was looking at another bird that I had photographed and it was very light and I think it is a Harrier (photo attached), but didn't really look too closely at the darker Harriers in Sibleys. Duh!!
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Hey gail , that bird has to be a northern Harrier. Great bird - and great photos - I have been seeing a couple around my local patch lately also -
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Very nice pics of a great bird!
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Wow Gail ! - That is an awsome photo - pretty sure that is a male - he looks like a jet fighter ! Very dramatic shot - wouldnt want to be a little critter in the grass looking up at that
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Excellent photos! I'm going to have to find out what kind of cameras everyone here uses. I'm needing something with a better zoom to capture the beautiful birds here.
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Nice shots! I agree on Northern Harrier - a 2CY female - Orange glow on breast and under-wing coverts indicates a young bird, which, when accompanied by the dark breast-streaking and pale, yellowish iris of an adult female, would indicate a transitioning female. In post #4, your bird is an adult male.

EDIT: Ack! Forgive my brain fart - females tend to be buffy/orangey - it's too early for a harrier to be transitioning anyway. This is an adult female. 3+ CY. MY BAD.
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Thanks Larry and Dane.

JMomOhio, I am using a Canon Rebel XT with a Tamron 18-200 lens. I don't know a whole lot about cameras. My boyfriend is the pro. I just want something that isn't too hard to use and takes good shots. Hope that helps.
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Alex, thank you so much! You have so much knowledge!! I appreciate all the details you give in the explanation.
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Alex, thank you so much! You have so much knowledge!! I appreciate all the details you give in the explanation.


ACK. Check my edited post.

No biggy I guess. Mistakes are part of the business...
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ACK. Check my edited post.

No biggy I guess. Mistakes are part of the business...
No problem, I got a kick out of what you said. I am just very happy that you are here to provide this great info!! Thanks, Alex.
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Thanks Larry and Dane.

JMomOhio, I am using a Canon Rebel XT with a Tamron 18-200 lens. I don't know a whole lot about cameras. My boyfriend is the pro. I just want something that isn't too hard to use and takes good shots. Hope that helps.

Great! Thanks for this info! I'm going to check them out! Unless a bird lands very close, taking a pic is a waste of time. This will be great!
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