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Some kind of Hawk? - Eastern Ontario, Canada (1 Viewer)

Gordon W

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Seen this morning at sunrise in eastern Ontario, Canada, I see so few birds of prey (other than ospreys) that I have no idea what kind this is and it only gave me a few seconds to get this less than ideal shot. Also I'm sure the sunrise light threw off the color, but is there enough detail in this for someone to ID it?
 

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njlarsen

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It is a difficult photo because it is difficult seeing how dark the underwing really is. Any other pictures, especially showing the underwing, even if not perfectly sharp?

Niels
 

alanc

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Am I alone in thinking that this is a very peculiar looking bird. The head and beak appear to be too large for the rest of the bird. Perhaps it is just the angle of the shot. Just thought i'd mention it. According to Sibley the likely candidates are Red-tailed, Swainson's, Broad-winged or Rough-legged. I can't see a resemblance to any of these.
Could it be an escapee?
cheers alan
 

Kratter

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The wing looks like Swainson's Hawk, with 4 four fingers, pale underwing coverts and dark remiges. The tail looks like an adult Red-tail, the head and body like a leucistic Red-tail or Krider's Red-tail. Weird.

Andy
 

njlarsen

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The wing looks like Swainson's Hawk, with 4 four fingers, pale underwing coverts and dark remiges. The tail looks like an adult Red-tail, the head and body like a leucistic Red-tail or Krider's Red-tail. Weird.

Andy

With regards to the wings, I wondered if the contrast was a false impression due to shadow being strong in this early light. That was why I asked for additional photos.

Niels
 

Jim M.

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Agree with Red-tailed Hawk, which is by far the most common buteo in the region at this time of year. Certainly look like patagial bars to me.
 

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