Broad-winged Hawk Part 1: After Rain

Sept 19, 2018

(from the nature blog Eyes on the Wild of one of our docents and board member, Moira Yip)

Early one morning after a stormy night I saw this Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus, drying its wings, and I thought you might like to see the photos.  (The sun was behind the hawk, so they are rather washed out.)

 A good preen

A good preen

 A little shakeout of the wings

A little shakeout of the wings

 And then a stony glare at my obtrusive white truck

And then a stony glare at my obtrusive white truck

 The final result

The final result

Next time, the action shots!

 

PS This is a smallish hawk (maximum body length 17″, wingspan 39″ and weight 20oz) and it has a wide range in the Americas, from Southern Canada down to Brazil.  Some but not all birds migrate, and they often gather for the migration in huge soaring flocks called kettles.