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Snow Owl July 2003

Red Tailed Hawk in glide this is probably one of the most outstanding pictures I have ever seen of any bird in flight.

Red-tailed Hawks can be seen all over the Point Reyes area and California as well as most of the North American continent searching for food or just having fun playing on the updrafts.
A red-tailed hawk surveys its territory from its nesting site on the outskirts of Springfield Illinois .
Red Tailed Hawk taking flight.

In general, this is a bird of open country, sparsely treed, and offering great visibility. It avoids the forests except to pass over them during migration. The habitat includes arctic tundra, large river deltas, open fields and pastures, native grasslands, shrub steppe valley sides, marshlands, bogs, dunes and any other essentially treeless areas.
Photo Copyright Bruce Marcot 

The Western Screech Owl is a small, nocturnal, woodland Owl of western North America and is one of the west's more common Owls at lower elevations. They are squat-looking Owls that sit erect, with their plumage fluffed out, with the feet and legs obscured, and distinct ear tufts raised. The iris is bright yellow and the bill is grey to black, with tufts of bristly feathers around its base. The facial disk is bordered by black. The toes are yellow. Plumage is either mainly greyish or reddish-brown variegated dark and light, resembling a furrowed tree bark pattern. They use the variegated plumage as camouflage. When threatened, the bird stretches its body and tightens its feathers in order to look like a branch stub to avoid detection, but will take flight when it knows it has been detected. They have noticeable light spotting along the edge of the scapulars. There is much individual variation within the two colour morphs. In the grey-phase, birds in the dry southwest are a paler grey, while birds in the humid northwest are darker and browner. The red-phase is very rare and found only in the Pacific Northwest .

Adult (grey phase) - Facial disks are dusky white with fine grey-brown mottling. Overall grey-brown, with grey-brown narrow vertical stripes, bars, and spots on the underparts, and barred wings and tail. The legs have fine buff mottling.

Adult (red phase) - Similar pattern to grey phase except dull cinnamon instead of grey. The face is buff light cinnamon. There is rufous spotting on the breast with black anchor marks.
Photo Copyright Dan Lockshaw
Photo Copyright Monteen McCord 
Photos Copyright Fero Bednar 
Peek-a-Boo I see you! Photos Copyright Fero Bednar 


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