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jimenez
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2014
8:18 AM

Post #9838536

South Florida

What is the name of this small bird of prey?

Thanks.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2014
12:47 PM

Post #9838733

Red-shouldered Hawk, a very bedraggled individual!

Resin
jimenez
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2014
2:53 PM

Post #9838833

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!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2014
3:35 PM

Post #9838869

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
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 15, 2014
3:40 AM

Post #9839192

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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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