Sunday, September 17, 2017

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) - 28May2016

Apparently seeing a Broad-winged Hawk "kettle" during migration is pretty much the most amazing thing to behold in the birding world.  So I am trying to put off witnessing this phenomena as long as I can so my life does not lose meaning.  Up until now my sightings of this species have been 1s and 2s in North Carolina and Costa Rica.  This one was photographed in Mars Hill, NC.

Note the white white bands and stocky stature.  Its hard to gauge size on a soaring bird but this is a very small hawk.  Almost crow sized.

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