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Ferruginous Hawk in flight 1

Ferruginous hawk (Buteo regalis) is a raptor of the open country of the Western USA, and it is the largest American hawk. The Ferruginous Hawk, is one of only three American hawks to have legs feathered all the way to the toes; the others being the Rough-legged hawk and the Golden eagle. Reference www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ferruginous_Hawk/lifehistory

The barred light brown and dark brown feathers on the Hawks legs can be seen in this image. Observed near Cambria, California

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Taken on December 3, 2009