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Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:40 am 
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There is a nice pair of adult eagles living outside the refuge.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:29 am 
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This beautiful hawk circled a couple of times overhead so i did get some shots. Unfortunately I don't have enough zoom, so they are not great shots, but enough that someone around should hopefully be able to ID it :thumbsup:

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Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:55 am 
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Techgirl wrote:
This beautiful hawk circled a couple of times overhead so i did get some shots. Unfortunately I don't have enough zoom, so they are not great shots, but enough that someone around should hopefully be able to ID it :thumbsup:

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Looks like a Red Shouldered Hawk but they are not supposed to be here????


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I was thinking red-tailed hawk, but I'm not sure. We also saw a hawk sitting on a dead tree - he was too far away for pics, but had markings very similar to a peregrine falcon. It was too big to be one of those though.


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I thought this was a hawk of some sort, but from the face and the tummy feathers, I think it might be a Great Horned Owl......although what it would be doing hunting in mid day I don't know. The resident owls stay on their perches during the day, so perhaps this is a different one....or is it a hawk of some sort? More pics on their way

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:37 pm 
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Here's another view

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:51 pm 
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Excellent TG. I have checked my books and it looks like the Great Horned Owl to me !! Isn't he supposed to be sleeping at high noon :eyebrows:


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That's right, it was high noon too!!! :tongue: I don't think it's one of the 2 that are nesting though - they stay by the nest when the refuge is open to people. So we must have more than just one pair. Spectacular birds!!


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Just got a correction - the bird above is apparently a Female Northern Harrier - :blush: They look very different than the males - who have white on their tails


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Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:42 am 
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I'm not very good at Raptor photos yet....hopefully experience will remedy this :wink:

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