Sunday, May 5, 2013

More photos of rare dark morph Broad-winged Hawk


Though I did a lot just observing during that half hour+ I got to watch this rare dark morph, I also got a number of pretty good photos.
This is what Birds of North America online says about dark morph plumage: "Head and underparts similar to dark morph adult but show rufous and white mottling on underparts, especially breast. Tail colors similar to those in Juvenal-plumage light morph." The rufous and white mottling on the breast can be seen in the second and forth pics here.

The black bill with yellow cere, legs, and feet found on both color morphs of Broad-winged Hawks. And the bottom pic shows the whitish lores with dark brown head, including forehead, that are a field mark for dark morph. SeEtta