Ferruginous ~ Pale Adult by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Wilcox, AZ Feb 2010

The largest N. American buteo, they have an almost aquiline presence; large0billed and heavy headed, wide-bodied and full-winged, it might be mistaken for an eagle, especially in the rarer dark morph.

This species if restricted to dry open habitats, especially deserts and grasslands, where it hunts small mammals from the air or on a low perch. More than most buteos, ferruginous Hawks spend a lot of time on the ground.

This species is distinctive in all plumages, showing very white remiges (with dusky tips)and a pale rectrices from below.

VOICE a very high, thin, piping wheeee-errrrr, descending, with a somewhat plaintive quality.


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  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 4 years ago

    Nice, Up, and Close look at this wild one. I always love their sharp eyes

  • Thanks Randall ~ It was a thrill to see one in the wild for me!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.We call them redtail hawks around here in Florida…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you Tom ~ Red-tails have distinct differences honey. If you rummage through my gallery (link on my home page) you will see the differences. Hard to spot, but with practice you get the hang of looking for tell tale signs ~ Ferruginous’s are a much larger buteo to name a few. They are one of my favorites by far. ~ ☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Striking shot! They do love those insulators. Tom’s in the right church but the wrong pew… no Ferruginous hawks in Florida, & as you well know, the Red-tailed Hawk is quite different. But who’s splitting hairs? Beautiful Buteos.

  • I had to learn the hard way as well, hell I am still learning…lol. I was very excited to see him, that is for sure ~ Thank you very much for your support darlin~

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RichImage
    RichImageover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of a beautiful bird… excellent work Kimberly..

  • Thank you Rich…. I couldn’t snap enough of him!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Sorry I didn`t look closer at a quick glance it looked similar to many in the same family. I usualy check my Field Guides before I identify ones I upload. Shooting a 100 a day for 50 years I guess I`m capable of making a bobo sooner or later….Tom

  • Lord knows I am the "Queen of OOpsies honey, I have a “friend” that I send all raptor photos to via email, to double check what I think they are. Only through him and his websight have been able to even come close to getting them right ~ Shooting 100 a day earns you more than that my dear ~ Nothing but a grain of salt, your visits are a blessing as well as your comments ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    I love how u captured his eye so clearly !!!

  • I wish the rest of him was as clear as that eye….lol ~ However it was a real treat to see him there for sure! Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 4 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly, superb detail :-)

  • Thank you so very much Tom ~ It was a thrill to see him as well a capture the moment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely captured Kimberley.

  • Thank you so much Trish!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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