All photos by the unflappable Ned Harris
All info from, yes, allaboutbirds.org
Their Ferruginous Hawk page has a photo from Ned : -)
Ferruginous means rust-colored, and refers to the reddish back and legs of light-morph birds (which are more common than dark morphs).
Found in prairies, deserts, and open range of the West, the regal Ferruginous Hawk hunts from a lone tree, rock outcrop, or from high in the sky. This largest of North American hawks really is regal—its species name is regalis—with a unique gray head, rich, rusty (ferruginous) shoulders and legs, and gleaming white underparts. A rarer dark-morph is reddish-chocolate in color. Ferruginous Hawks eat a diet of small mammals, sometimes standing above prairie dog or ground squirrel burrows to wait for prey to emerge.
|Raptor Free Flight at ASDM
|Acrylic painting by Ellen Green
My very own offspring painted this Ferruginous Hawk from a photo taken at the Raptor Free Flight.
A story of theft from the archives of Living Bird magazine...
|Juvie Ferruginous Hawk
Ned took this photo during a banding program he took part in.