Hotline Photos

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Saturday, 28 Feb 2009
Comments on photos

(Emails from Jim Lofthousei,  28 Feb 2009)

When some rare bird comes to visit, I am likely to grab the camera and take some pictures, in spite of dirty rain streaked windows, poor light and the wrong lens on the camera. These photos leave much to be desired, but perhaps they serve to document the event, and hopefully capture enough detail to show
the field marks of the species.


(Emails from Jerry Liguori,  28 Feb 2009)

Those photos are pretty good. It is a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. Many juv Sharp-shinneds are heavily marked and appear adult-like. I attached a few good examples of this plumage is common on females and much less common on males. It has not molted yet, it is in complete juvenile (or juvenal) plumage (too early for molt to occur and many barred-like plumage, especially in the flanks like this in fresh plumage). Also, a note, all N.A. falcons have dark brown eyes at all ages.


(Second email on 1 Mar 2009)

Someone asked me about the bluish topside of the Sharp-shinned Hawk recently discussed. I should have clarified, when backlit in spring faded brown birds can look grayish, even in fall certain angles can be tricky....I have photos of this too. Isn't there always more than meets the eye when it comes to bird watching....


          Photos by Jerry Liguori


          Photos by Jerry Liguori

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