Monday, April 16, 2012

Leucy - Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk


This extremely elusive Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk was caught off guard while I finally got to take aim at semi-close range. It always flushes, but not too quick today! I love his wing pattern which seems so symetrical for a leucy...
NOTE: Alot of us locals know about the leucistic red-tailed hawk ("Whitey") in Channahon IL which has been photo'd by many. This one is about 20-ish miles from him.

Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.


6 comments:

Montanagirl said...

He's very beautiful. So striking!! Wonderful shots.

The Dog Portal said...

The post and snaps are really fantastic i also have some beautiful dog having shoe snaps

Chris said...

Wow impressive individual. I had never seen that before. Beautiful shots.

florida rhinoplasty said...

Amazing! Seeing them free makes me happy.

Willard said...

Very impressive--never saw this before.

MYSTIC-MARSH said...

Help help help..I have been looking for Channahon white hawk, she/he seems to be missing. The nest is also gone, I haven't seen her/him in almost 2 months. It's funny I stopped to talk to that farmer, who's land the pair nested on. And he didn't seem to fond of that bird. He told me he thinks the hawk has been eating his chicks. Wow, really and now there gone nest and all. Strange:(