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could you please tell me what kind of hawk you think this is?

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Old Friday 3rd July 2009, 03:18   #1
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could you please tell me what kind of hawk you think this is?

I live in north west pa. And have 2 hawks in my yard. There has been one for a month or two but now there is a second one. Some times I see both of them other times just one. I live out in the county but not to far I am about 3 miles froim town. I have seen them in the morning afternoon evening and even at night. I captured this picture today.

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Red-shouldered Hawk. Much lighter and less rufous than what I see in California. Nice photo.
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You have a Red-shouldered Hawk there. Gorgeous shot!
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thank you, now I can research and find out more about these beautful hawks.
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thank you, now I can research and find out more about these beautful hawks.
Your search could start in our Opus entry.

In addition, you have a nice photo there, and there are not many photos showing a similar pale RSH in our gallery, so please consider adding your photo to the Birdforum gallery.

And I see you are new to Birdforum, so a warm welcome!

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In addition, you have a nice photo there, and there are not many photos showing a similar pale RSH in our gallery, so please consider adding your photo to the Birdforum gallery.
Good point Niels. If no location had been given, I would have guessed that this had been taken in South Florida. This bird certainly looks pale headed like the South Florida subspecies of Red-shouldered Hawk, B. l. extimus. I'm not aware of them being recorded outside of South Florida, however.

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Might it be an overexposed photo due to the background? It should show some rufous or tawny barring on the breast and abdomen.
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Might it be an overexposed photo due to the background? It should show some rufous or tawny barring on the breast and abdomen.
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Could be; that was not my original impression, but the photographer might inform us further

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