<< Previous Next >>

Partial Albino Red-tailed Hawk

Partial Albino Red-tailed Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Albinism and leucism [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-07 19:58
Viewed: 6618
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have tried to capture a decent photo of this Red-tailed Hawk for the past five years. Rosie and I spotted it in February of 2007 and each year I look forward to it's return. It has a normal colored mate which we have seen many times over the past few years.

This condition is very rare and plumage can vary widely in each individual. This particular bird is almost totally white except for a dark patch on the back of it's head which I will post an example of it in the Work Shop. There is also a tiny bit of coloration on the tips of it's tail. As you notice it has dark eyes whereas an albino will have pink eyes and will be completely white.

I use the term partial albino Red-tailed Hawk, but have learned that some people call it a Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk.

Alex99, Argus, Miss_Piggy, siggi, maaciejka, CeltickRanger, Noisette, brech, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To erdaest: Red-tailed Hawktuslaw 1 11-07 18:42
To maurydv: Albino Hawktuslaw 1 03-08 19:07
To CeltickRanger: Albino Hawktuslaw 1 03-08 18:59
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-07 21:23]

Hi Ron.
Wonderful presentation of the beautiful bird. All photos give a great idea about the species. You managed to reflect its white features simply perfectly. Exposure and WB are perfect. I am also impressed with 3D-looking of the images, excellent shallow DOF and sharpness of the bird image. May be BG is disturbing a little bit only. Thanks a lot and my compliments.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-07 23:21]

Hello Ron,
Your patience was rewarded with this excellent capture of an almost total albino Red-tailed Hawk. The pose is great and taken from a fine POV to be set in a perfect composition that shows this rarity to its best.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this.

Hallo Ron
Now this is a 1st for me! I have never seen an Albino of these types of birds. It is really a beautiful sight to look at and a very interesting phenomenon, and I must agree with Ivan that your patience was rewarded with this fine image. The image in your workshop is also a delight to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-08 1:07]

Hello Ron.
I think you did an excellent job post processing this albino Red-tailed Hawk. Nice and sharp with very good color, DOF, BG, and exposure.Well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ron, interesting capture of lovely Albin Hawk, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-08 4:20]

Hello Ron,
Very special photo of this albino Red-tailed Hawk. Taken from a good low POV. Great white balance, sharpness and composition.

Hallo Ron,
a superb, very interesting and rare capture of this white Red-tailed Hawk the exact term is leucistic, since albino is a different genetic trait, very good sharpness,
a very good visual impact
Best regards

Very interesting image of this rare bird Ron! Impressive plumage indeed!
George Veltchev

wow what a bird, really an interesting photo bravo Ron!
regards Nasos

Hi Ron,
really beautiful white hawk. Perfect capture. Excellent sharpness and point of view. Also thanks for your note,

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15610] (65303)
  • [2011-03-08 13:26]

Hi Ron,this is a great scoop and you show this bird in all its magnificence.Impressive white balance for the best plums details,and very nice composition too whit this abstract background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Ron

It is the first time i am seeing an albino bird of prey
or i don't remember have seen one before,
after several years you got your photo of this
Albino Red-tailed Hawk, anybody that has patience
can obtain one day what he want, fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
excellent details of the white colored plumage,



Hello Ron
very interesting capture of this very special bird in his natural habitat, great details and fine pose, the white plumage is really pefect
Have a good night

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-03-10 8:31]

Hi Ron,

I guess there are not a lot of birds like this one. Albinoshots are very rare on TN. Very good shot of a rare bird.


Hi Ron,

The vegetation is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the partial albinos red-tailed hawk. The late afternoon light is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


  • Great 
  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2011-03-18 7:56]


A very unique and wonderful capture of this rare hawk. Great composition and balance.

Very Nicely Done.


  • Great 
  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2011-04-10 18:45]

Un ave fabulosa de gran belleza, pero parece que no es albina sino que tiene Leucismo, ya que veo que tienen ojos negros y otros pigmentos, un gran registro...saludos.

  • erdaest (0)
  • [2011-11-07 13:17]
  • [+]

I've NEVER seen an albino Hawk! What an amazing capture and what a wonderful experience it must have been for you!!!

Nicely captured leucistic. I know people see them once in a while in New England. Have you seen any young from it? Any partials?
Having been a parrot breeder in earlier years, I learned that colors like this can be bred in captivity much more quickly by pairing the right genes where as in nature, it can take decades or centuries for color mutations to occur.
Hope to see one in a hawk some day. Thanks for directing me and sharing the link.

Calibration Check