Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Because it's Summer - an immature Swainson's Hawk

On the Canadian Prairies in summertime, we see lots of hawks — many of which are Swainson's Hawks, large raptors in varying shades of brown and white that visit us from spring through fall, then soar off to winter in Argentina. (Or maybe it's Argentina that they visit? We both claim these birds as ours...)

Swainson's Hawk. Copyright © Shelley Banks. All Rights Reserved.
Immature Swainson's Hawk - just another prairie fence post bird... © SB
Swainson's Hawk. Copyright © Shelley Banks. All Rights Reserved.
Swainson's Hawk takes off. © SB

I photographed this young Swainson's Hawk several years ago. I'm told that it would have been about one year old at the time I took these pictures, which show it moulting into its second generation feathers. (Apparently Swainson's are the only North American buteo with an immature plumage in their second year, somewhere between juvenile and adult. The things you learn from What's this Bird? With thanks to the American Birding Association for that Facebook group!)

What is this? A young Swainson's Hawk (Buse de Swainson)
Location: South of Chaplin, Saskatchewan, in/near the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve.
Photo date: 
June 29, 2012


No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...