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Red Shouldered Hawk 2

Red Shouldered Hawk 2
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-18 6:29
Viewed: 1210
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For purposes of identification, I'm posting this second image of the hawk that flew into our yard yesterday. At this point, I'm inclined to agree with Ron Tuslaw that it is a Broad Winged Hawk, but also Merlin makes a good point that it should not be here at this time of year, and must therefore be a red shouldered hawk, as I have retitled the picture. I just find the feathers covering the legs to be curiously different from other images you can see on birding sites.

Picture taken through a closed, screened window - low quality.

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To lousat: Many thanks!!Alan_Kolnik 1 01-18 14:47
To Merlin: Many thanks!!Alan_Kolnik 1 01-18 14:42
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Noty as good a shot as your first, but there is enough detail in the photographs to identify this bird as a red-shouldered hawk with 100% relaibility. I could talk over the details of proportions and plumage (and eye colour) that separate the two species, but there is a much simpler method - there are no broad-winged hawks in Maryland in January, as they are migrants (summer visitors) to your area. The feathering of the thighs can be raised or dropped to warm the legs and feet as the bird wishes.
Regards, Nigel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
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Hi Alan,i'm not a professor talking about the birds and i can't help you about the name,but i'm sure that the Nigel's ID is correct,he's a great great expert! A good pic despite the difficult location,some problem in the resizing process and a bit in the sharpness too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alan - Beautiful picture of this Bird in very difficult condition. Sorry I am not sure about this specie, but it doesn't stop me to cherish the beauty of this species. Nice color on plumage and like its natural habitat(I don't like Bird Park picture). Well captured. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

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