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Ferruginous Hawk
Uncommon and declining, this grassland specialist is a locally distributed winter visitor to the valleys, foothills and deserts of California. This largest of our hawks in the genus "Buteo" breeds in the Great Plains and Great Basin of Western North America. This individual is a light morph adult showing molting flight feathers and dark rusty leg feathering. The large pale gray head and long wings with translucent flight feathers help identify this species.
Location
Panoche Valley, Paicines, California, USA.
Date taken
28 February 2021
Scientific name
Buteo regalis
What a stunning image - I recall hearing a FEHA in a Clint Eastwood Western once! Shame that it is now becoming so scarce.
 
A very well detailed and focused flight shot, Joseph.
 
Opus Editor
Joseph, your image was used today, 4 March 2021, to help illustrate the Ferruginous Hawk article in Opus.

Your generous sharing of this image is appreciated very much.

Barney
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
155
Comment count
5

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
86.6 mm
Exposure time
1/1000 second(s)
ISO
200
Filename
FerruginousHawkIMG_8177a.jpg
File size
119.2 KB
Date taken
Sun, 28 February 2021 10:51 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 715px

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