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Monday, January 22, 2018

Local Raptors

I have always been fascinated by raptors, even as a youngster in West Virginia, where all hawks were "chicken hawks" and likely to be shot on sight.  
Fortunately, most people now understand the beneficial role that hawks, owls and eagles play in our natural world.  All of the following photos are from Frederick County, Maryland and were taken during the fall of 2017.

A great horned owl beginning it's evening hunt...



I found this barred owl in the Frederick City watershed...



Slowly driving rural roads produces most of my various hawk opportunities.  Here is what I think is an immature red-shouldered hawk...







This adult red-shouldered hawk was keenly watching the forest floor for prey...



Coopers hawks are plentiful this winter...









One of our largest hawks is the red-tailed...







Without the distinctive red tail feathers of the adult red-tailed hawk I still find it difficult to make to make confidant identifications.  I photographed the next raptor in my yard and tentatively identified it as an immature coopers hawk.  If you know it to be otherwise please leave a comment below...







Fortunately, adult bald eagles require little skill to identify correctly...





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