Buteo Swainsoni

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    An adult Swainson's hawk being banded in Eastern Oregon.

    1. Jon David Nelson 52 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I'm always surprised they turn out at all. I'm usually in a rush and unable to make any adjustments whatsoever.

    2. odish3 52 months ago | reply


    3. Dear Molly Anne 52 months ago | reply

      It looks like it has eyebrows and that amused me QUITE a lot.. Are they screeching at you while you're doing this or just panting (is it called that with birds?) ? I've been looking at all your wonderful bird closeups wondering how you're able to snap shots like this with screeching. I remember rescuing a barn swallow caught in a fence once and all the flapping it wanted to do was disconcerting enough.

    4. BlitheBassoon 52 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!

    5. Jon David Nelson 52 months ago | reply

      Dear Molly Anne After being trapped the wild birds are typically fairly calm. Holding the mouth open with the tongue out is all part of their defensive posturing, along with spreading the wings and puffing out the feathers. They are trying to make themselves look as large as possible. I have never had one vocalize while being handled. The Swainson's hawks, like this one, are often very feisty and sometimes fly back over after being released and scream at me. I work as fast as possible to minimize stress on the birds. The vast majority do not get photographed. Every once in a while though I snap a few shots before releasing, so I am literally holding the bird in one hand and the camera in the other when I take these, right before they fly away.

    6. Jon David Nelson 52 months ago | reply

      They "eyebrows" are actually formed by a bone and are called the supraorbital ridge on hawks.

    7. Dear Molly Anne 52 months ago | reply

      Jon Nelson Ah, posturing! Of course. I had a pair of red-tail hawks at my old place and I would watch their behavior all the time but that was from quite a distance so I'm very fascinated with this up close and personal business and my curiosity is burning up. Thanks for answering my questions. :) I figured you were working pretty quickly which, I think, makes your photos all the more amazing.

    8. changeable flame [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

      love this...fabulous timing jon...

    9. Galeyo 52 months ago | reply

      A Beauty!!!!!

    10. helene m 52 months ago | reply

      A terrific shot; so well captured.

    11. BirdFancier01 52 months ago | reply

      Fabulous closeup!

    12. Vicki Dixon 52 months ago | reply

      great timing!!

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