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Old Tuesday 23rd December 2008, 20:37   #1
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Hawk ID - Nebraska.

I took these pics about a month ago in Central Nebraska, we just weren't for certain what it was.

Any help would be great... thanks.
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Old Tuesday 23rd December 2008, 21:12   #2
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Looks to me like a Red-tailed Hawk
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Old Tuesday 23rd December 2008, 21:21   #3
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Agree with red-tailed hawk. I'll leave it to the experts to decide which particular subspecies.

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I believe it is a dark phase Red tailed hawk or as some people call them Harlen's hawk
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dark phase, hmm okay. Thanks for the help..
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Old Tuesday 23rd December 2008, 23:25   #6
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I think your bird might be a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk. Notice the uniform dark coloring of the under side of the primaries, characteristic of Rough-legged, but not of Red-tailed Hawk (which show barring on the under side of these feathers).

See a similar photo by Schmoker here., of a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.
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Agree with Harlan's Hawk, a dark morph of a Red Tail Hawk. There is one near our farm that I watch regularly.

I don't see the feathers going far enough down the legs for a rough legged. I first thought the harlan's I saw was a rough legged also but at closer observation of photo seen that it was not.

Below is the one I see all the time. It does have the tail barring. In the photo that was posted for identification I can not make out the tail area that clear to see if barring or not but I do think it is very close to being a Harlan's Hawk.
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I think your bird might be a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk. Notice the uniform dark coloring of the under side of the primaries, characteristic of Rough-legged, but not of Red-tailed Hawk (which show barring on the under side of these feathers).

See a similar photo by Schmoker here., of a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.
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Rough-legs and Ferruginous will have feathered tarsi. If you look at the picture of the bird flying, it shows up pretty yellow.
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I believe I will have to concede that it is a RTHA. I guess I was putting too much emphasis on the under side of the primaries and missed looking at the legs (sans feathers)!
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Rough-legs and Ferruginous will have feathered tarsi. If you look at the picture of the bird flying, it shows up pretty yellow.
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The tarsi of the perched bird also show as unfeathered.
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