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Dark morph Fer. Hawk??

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Old Wednesday 26th November 2008, 07:20   #1
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Dark morph Fer. Hawk??

Taken today in Amargosa Valley, 90 mi North of Vegas.

This is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hawk I've ever seen..

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Old Wednesday 26th November 2008, 08:27   #2
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Great pictures Maureen! Certainly a Ferruginous Hawk. You can see the feathered tarsi and the prominent long yellow gape. It is similar to pictures of Dark Morphs and Intermediate Rufous Morphs shown in plates 440-445 of Wheeler's Raptors of Western North America. And your pictures are every bit as good as the ones shown there!
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Old Wednesday 26th November 2008, 08:28   #3
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Taken today in Amargosa Valley, 90 mi North of Vegas.

This is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hawk I've ever seen..

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Maureen
Yes, Ferruginous Hawk; they're beautiful birds, more like eagles than hawks.
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I agree with Ferruginous Hawk. BTW, nice photos.
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Old Wednesday 26th November 2008, 17:04   #5
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Excellent photos and, as you say, a very striking bird.

I can't recall seeing many examples of the dark morph in photos (and never in real life).
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Taken today in Amargosa Valley, 90 mi North of Vegas.

This is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hawk I've ever seen..

Thanks,
Maureen
Lovely shot of the Ferruginous Hawk. Well done!
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