Wednesday, June 24, 2015

White-tailed Hawk

After a few days in Rockport, on 19 March we headed north towards Port Arthur, Texas, and Covington, Louisiana. Along the way, we encountered a few interesting birds and, once in Louisiana, our first dragonflies.

The first of these birds was this White-tailed Hawk, a first for my photographic collection. This hawk inhabits arid savannas from Texas to Argentina. White-tailed Hawks are opportunistic predators eating a variety of small prey. The species tends to be shy, and, consequently, has been little studied (Farquhar 2009). Field marks include the black band at the end of the tail and its white breast. We spotted this individual along the highway. I slammed on the breaks and jumped out of the car. I captured these two photos before the bird flew. (Because of the extremely high speed “limits" on Texas secondary roads, birding became relatively perilous.)

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