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Are you looking at me?

Are you looking at me?
I was just upstairs and heard an unusual chatter outside. I peeked out the window and saw our visitor on the fence, ran downstairs and grabbed the camera, and was able to capture just a few shots. This is heavily cropped and the best of the few I was able to take.

Jim Boynton, LeapFrog have particularly liked this photo


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LeapFrog
LeapFrog
A terrific find and capture Diane ... it is always great just to see one, let alone photography one ... to get a shot is just a bonus ... well taken!!
5 years ago.
Diane Burke - Diane'… has replied to LeapFrog
Art, is this the same species as the Red Tail Hawk that has visited my birdbath? When he took off in flight, he had the most gorgeous striped tail feathers.
5 years ago.
LeapFrog has replied to Diane Burke - Diane'…
At first I thought this was maybe a Rough-tailed Hawk ...

www.onthewingphotography.com/wings/wp-content/gallery/birds/rough-legged-hawk-mia-mcpherson-8813.jpg

... but with the longer tail and the white stripes on it's tail, black tipped beak, darker patch from the forward eye down its throat ... indicates that this could be a Light Morph Juvenile Swainson's Hawk ... when Hawk's morph like this, a few species just blend together and it is very difficult to tell apart when they are young ... especially from a one-dimensional photo ... so this would be my best guess ...

www.oiseaux-birds.com/accipitrides/buse-swainson/buse-swainson-profil.jpg

You may also look at the immature Peregrine Falcon or Merlin Falcon that have similar facial markings and long tail feathers.
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
Great timing! Still have never seen one in the wild...fingers crossed.
5 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
That's Wild!!
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of Wildlife!!
5 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Well Done!!
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Pond!!
5 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
That is a fantastic sighting and I'm glad you got a shot of it! I am pretty sure this is NOT a Red-Tailed Hawk though I am not completely sure of the ID. Red-Tailed Hawks have a distinctive red tail that I recognize fairly easily now. I would guess it is a type of falcon - perhaps a Merlin or a Prairie Falcon with my top guess being a Merlin

Well Done!!
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Pond!!
5 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
What a handsome visitor! Hope he didn't make off with any of your regular visitors. Or at least that they not have suffered.
5 years ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
WOO HOO!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It's so exciting to see raptors close enough for a picture, and YOU GOT IT!!! *high five* WELL DONE!!!!
5 years ago.