Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flight of the Great White Hawk

I've posted plenty of times about this leucistic red-tailed hawk. It's an amazing creature, and every time I see it, I feel very lucky indeed. So, once again, I introduce the Great White Hawk!



I always look for color pigmentation when it flies. The patch on top of it's head is seen most of the time (not here), but the tail feathers are not.



These shots do not give the right angle to showcase the tail feathers, although you can barely see through and see very slight coloring.







14 comments:

troutbirder said...

Magnificent!!!

Steve B said...

I'm glad you still have your special friend around. It is a wonderful bird.

Shellmo said...

It's almost like witnessing a miracle! beautiful!

denapple said...

You spend every daylight hour birding right? I need to come with you and learn how to get these terrific photos!

Eve said...

He is so beautiful.I wonder how many people have scratched their heads wondering what they had just seen!!!

Marsha said...

He is definitely a beautiful sight. The inflight shots leave me speechless!

Bird Girl said...

A special treat indeed! Sort of like my piebald deer - you feel lucky to see them...again and again...and to know that they make it yet another year! So glad you got these lovely flight pictures! Don't think I saw any before - only perching - wow!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow!That is a very special sighting.A beautiful bird.
Blessings,Ruth

Willard said...

You are an outstanding photographer. I especially liked the in-flight photographs.

Have you got your 100-400mm back in service yet? I had to send my 500mmF4 back for a focusing problem also in early February and it took a little over a week to get it back (Canon Factory Service in N.J.) All seems well with it now. I also own and really like the 100-400mm. It is of course much more versatile than the 500mm.

Chris said...

Wooowwww, I did not know this species but it is magnificent!!! Your pictures are too, a very well captured flight of a wonderful bird.

Tina said...

Definitely a stunning bird! Your flight pictures are beautiful, as usual, and I appreciate you show casing him again!

Anonymous said...

I live in Channahon,Il. and recently viewed and took pictures of the White Hawk near the DesPlaines River. Definately a wonderful site for a novice Bird watcher as myself....

Anonymous said...

I believe I saw this hawk today in the wetlands behind the Algonquin library, in Algonquin IL.. it was an amazing site and I am so glad to have identified, through your blog, what I saw.

Anonymous said...

Saw a huge white hawk like this today about 6 miles north-west of Elmwood, Illinois. What a way to start a new year!!! 1/1/12