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Red-shouldered Hawks look long-tailed!

21 November 2014 Written by
There was a recent debate over a perched raptor on-line, and I was asked my opinion -- the overwhelming majority of the ID's stated already was for juvenile Cooper's Hawk. I squirm when I am in the minority on an ID because I hate the feeling that the majority will…

Atypical Harlan's Traits

19 November 2014 Written by
A recent discussion spurred this post. Yes, it true that light-morph Harlan's are snow-white below, but some can and do have buffy or rufous tones on the underside, especially the leggings. Brian Sullivan and I show examples in a 2009 Birding magazine article, but here are some more examples. Remember…

Raptor Photography Ethics

16 November 2014 Written by
I asked several bird photographers what actions they considered harassment of raptors. I asked only of raptors since the HWI blog deals almost exclusively with raptors, however, many of their responses pertains to bird photography in general. It seems almost all agree on certain aspects of harassment, but opinions always…

Winter Time is the Best Time for Observing Raptors

13 November 2014 Written by
With a fresh dusting of morning snow on the ground in Salt Lake City, winter has officially arrived. Winter for us humans means an extra jacket, hot chocolate, and skiing. For raptors, winter means something quite different: freezing cold temperatures, low prey abundance, and little daylight hours available to hunt.…

Dispatches from a Yurt: Farewell from Chelan

06 November 2014 Written by
Text by Angela Woodside, Photos by Monika Lapinski, Leah Rensel, and Angela Woodside “Bird! BIRD! Roughie!! Right there!” I could barely contain my excitement, much less verbalize what I was seeing to my cohorts at Observation. If you have spent any time at a hawkwatch, you surely know that pointing…

Adult Cooper's Hawk Plumage - Caution

05 November 2014 Written by
Adult Cooper's Hawks are bluish above and reddish barred below, but did you know that males and females differ slightly in appearance? Females tend to be slightly grayer on the topside, and males a bit bluer. Also, males older than 2 years have grayish cheeks, but males in their first…