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P_Edens
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
3:45 AM

Post #9406622

The loon (I think it's a loon.) was photographed from South Padre Island in the southern tip of Texas. The red-tailed hawk was photographed at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf coast farther north toward Freeport, TX. Could the red-tail be a Harlan's or a Krider's?

Patti

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9407259

Great Northern Diver / Common Loon for #1

The Red-tail isn't Harlan's, that always has a dark upper wing, and yours has a lot of pale / white there. Krider's is trickier, but from what I can find, that shouldn't have the dark belly spots, with the belly band, if present at all, being faint. So I guess safest to say just an unusually pale but otherwise normal Red-tail.

Resin
P_Edens
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9407282

Thank you, Resin!

I thought that the Red-tailed Hawk looked strange, but I couldn't make him fit Krider's or Harlan's either. I appreciate that you pointed out the things to look for to rule them out.

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