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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ferruginous Hawk

The rare Ferruginous Hawk was an outstanding find by James Beck in Johnson Bayou. This rather large raptor caused quite a bit of excitement among Louisiana birders.

Robby Bacon and I were fortunate to locate it and to acquire some pictures. It was cool the way he balanced on one foot with his feathers ruffled up. This Ferruginous Hawk is by far one of the most remarkable Raptors I've witnessed.

I read, "Due to the decrease in grasslands and prairies, its numbers are on the decline. It is possible that it may end up on the endangered species list in a few years." I surely hope such a magnificent bird proliferates in the days to come.

1 comment:

  1. Clearly a Red-tailed Hawk, not a Ferruginous. The unfeathered tarsus and shorter gape are visible in this photo.