Saturday, January 19, 2013
Red-tailed Hawk Identification. Western.
Dark "hood" (head) contrasting against chest, body and wings. Dark Patagial Markings (leading edge of wing, closest to hawks body). Belly Band, hard to see here but darker band of feathers that wraps around the girth of the birds belly. Classic Red-tailed head shape, a trait that takes time to learn in the field, but is useful when comparing the RTHA to other large Western Buteo's (large soaring hawks)
West County Hawk Watch. Photo used for non profit & educational purpose under creative commons use agreement. 2013 photo credit and copyrights Nathan. Rupert 2010.