Broad-winged Hawk Part I: After rain

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:

 

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A little shakeout of the wings:

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And then a stony glare at my obtrusive white truck:

`broad wimged hawkThe final result:

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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.

 

 

 

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