Unusual bird identification

August 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Here's an unusual bird identification story I'll share with you.  Looking through my photos from earlier in the year recently, I came across some pictures of a hawk that I couldn't identify.  The pictures were taken on the east end of Galveston Island on the bay side near the ferry.  The weather was chilly, cloudy and lightly raining, and driving around I saw the hawk in the distance sitting on a structure of some sort.  Being too far away to see it clearly, I decided to take some photos from the car and look at them later just for id purposes.  After cropping the photos and looking through every bird book I own and searching the internet, I wasn't able to determine what the hawk was - as you can see it's rather light in color and has mottled brown and white feathers and a white face.  When all else fails, I contact my ornithologist friend Jim Stevenson from the Galveston Ornithological Society (GOS) and get his opinion.  He was quick to tell me that this is a first year Red-tailed Hawk with a mix of Krideri genes in him, which makes him a lighter color.  The Krideri type Red-tailed hawk is a light colored variation that lives in the Northern Great Plains and winters in Tx and Oklahoma, and can be found near the water on the Tx gulf coast - which accounts for the location and his unusual appearance.  I'm just glad to get a positive id and have a few pictures of a great looking bird!

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