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  • earlorfphotos

    on November 4, 2008

    Hi Shawn, You are right in saying that it shares a lot of the field marks of a juvenile, light morph Red-tailed Hawk (called a Krider's subspecies). However, the bird in the photo has fully feathered legs which is a characteristic of a Ferruginous. Red-tailed Hawks have no feathers on the legs. You can't tell from the photo but when I saw it in the field I was struck by how large this bird was. That also said Ferruginous to me. The Sibley field guide has a good illustration of a light juvenile Ferruginous.

  • Shawn

    on November 3, 2008

    That particular Ferruginous isn't terribly easy to tell from a Red-tailed. It ALMOST looks like it has a belly band and the scapulars have a lot of white.

  • Guest

    on November 3, 2008

    I feel like I'm taking a course. Your photos are enjoyable, but I really appreciate the informative comments. I loved the yellow badlands photo. Thanks.