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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dark morph Red-tailed Hawk

Dark morph Red-tailed Hawks, a western subspecies, are not seen very often around here so it is always interesting to see one. According to The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America both dark and intermediate morphs combined "account for up to 20 percent of local popoulations in western North America. Today I saw this one flying in the Canon City area.

The reddish colored tail can be seen by double-clicking on the photo though the detail in this photo is not very crisp (it was flying several hundred feet away and I used the full 12X of my digital camera to get this).

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