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Swainson's Hawk

Alyce Taylor

Joined December 2008

Artist's Description

Top Ten win in Things With Wings! challenge in All Things Photographic on August 21st, 2010.
Featured in Birds of Prey on June 27th, 2010.
2nd Place Win in the Anything Goes challenge in A Vision of Flight on June 12th, 2010.
Featured in The Birds on June 12th, 2010.
Featured in The Fabulous Prairies on June 8th, 2010.
A Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo Swainson) flares his wings and stretches out his talons as he prepares to land on a fencepost.
Captured near Mountainview in rural southern Alberta, Canada; just east of Waterton National Park.
Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi using a 70-300mm lens @ 300mm, f/16.0, 1/2000 sec., ISO 1600.
Viewd 559 times as of December 1st, 2010.


The Swainson’s Hawk is a dark-breasted western buteo hawk; especially common on the prairies of western Canada and the United States. This particular specimen is what is known as a ‘dark morph’ colour variation with darker brown except for a light patch under the tail. Darek Morph variants are the rarer birds, accounting for only about 10% of the population.

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