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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 00:57   #1
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Hi all! I've just moved to Texas from the UK for a couple of years and need a bit of a headstart with IDing the raptors of the area. I'm pretty sure #3 is a peregrine (just including the image in case there is some similar falcon here I'm unaware of), but I'm less sure about #1 and #2. Both red-shouldered hawk perhaps? All taken today in Lubbock
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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 11:58   #2
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I have some more photos of each of these birds if that would be helpful for ID :)
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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 14:02   #3
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I agree with your #1 and #2.

#1 looks like a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk with its markings and transparent "comma" at the base of the flight feathers.

Lighter pictures would be helpful if you have them.

Do you have a better picture of #3? The Prairie Falcon, Falco Mexicanus, is also a possibility.

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Old Thursday 14th February 2019, 21:06   #4
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Here's the only other picture I have of #3; does this help?
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The falcon's a Peregrine
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The falcon's a Peregrine
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Whereas this, on the other hand, is a prairie falcon I believe? Found today :)
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Whereas this, on the other hand, is a prairie falcon I believe? Found today :)
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I agree with all IDs here except on #2 in Post 1, which seems heavily marked for a Red-shoulder. How about a "Harlan's"-type Red-tailed Hawk, perhaps an immature?

Tough image to say for sure.
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I agree with all IDs here except on #2 in Post 1, which seems heavily marked for a Red-shoulder. How about a "Harlan's"-type Red-tailed Hawk, perhaps an immature?

Tough image to say for sure.

I thought that its tarsi were pretty thick for a RSH but I never considered a "Harlan's" Hawk. Now I think it may be a possibility.

Lubbock Texas would be at the far western edge of its winter range judging from the winter range map shown for the Harlan's Hawk in my Wheeler's "RAPTORS of Western North America."

There are 2 photographs posted in the aforesaid Wheeler's book at plates # 410 and #411 of 2 juvenile "Intermediate Morph" Harlan's Hawks with streaked breast patterns similar to this one.

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