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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 03:32   #1
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Raptor, central Texas

The raptor was flying (actually gliding along) very high and heading south. These were the best shots we got with a 400mm lens.

I'm thinking it may be one of the falcon species.

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Surely a Buteo Sp?
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:31   #3
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Surely a Buteo Sp?
Thanks, Jon.

We had considered a buteo until we got the photos on the computer, but now after a second look, I do think youre right and its probably a juvenile Swainsons Hawk, which are presently migrating south through Texas.
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It's a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk.
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It's a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk.
Agree! 4 "fingers" on wing tips and belly and breast pattern.

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Thanks Joe & Bob. I was beginning to consider that ID, too, but we usually see them in larger numbers during migration.
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