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West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

South Florida

What is the name of this small bird of prey?

Thanks.

Thumbnail by jimenez
Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Red-shouldered Hawk, a very bedraggled individual!

Resin

West Palm Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

We see the large Red-shouldered Hawks perching high in the pine trees. My husband spotted this hawk on a low branch close to the ground in our yard and he took the photo. My husband said this hawk was small so I did not even think it was a RSH. Could it be a juvenile?

I thought the bird was quite bedraggled also!

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

It looks small, because a lot of the feathers are missing and/or matted down. Much of the apparent size of many birds is just airspace between the feathers ;-)

Although owls are extreme in this respect, this pic gives a good demonstration of what I mean:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Strix_nebulosa_plumage.jpg

Resin

PERTH, Australia

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Although owls are extreme in this respect, this pic gives a good demonstration of what I mean:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Strix_nebulosa_plumage.jpg

Resin
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Great link. I was reading about this only a couple of days ago in Tim Birkhead's book, "Bird Sense".

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