Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Raptors: XIV

Continuing with raptors, we have the Ferruginous Hawk. This is the largest of the Buteos with a length of 23 inches and wingspan of 56 inches. The snowy white underside is a most distinguishing characteristic. It likes grasslands (as you can see) and hunts small animals from a perch, by kiting, on poles, even on the ground (as you can see). It was taken at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Washington. In the following photo (which is not particularly good) you can see the rufous colored wings: 

Then the front side of the Ferruginous Hawk. These last above photo was taken here at The Azure Gate. The photo below south of the town of Willcox, Arizona between the Chiricahuas and the Dragoons. 

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