Look! What’s that raptor Debbie?

 

IMG_5277_zps2dadb785Driving back from Los Barriles the other day, we see a large dark bird with a white rump speeding by.  Stop the car, get the cameras ready.  Cameras?  Debbie was heads up enough to bring hers with us this afternoon but not me.  I was out-of-luck for photography but as always, glad to drive.  Off down a side road we go.  Backing down the gravel so Debbie can shoot out of her window we see the bird perched on a cardon.

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Yes, it’s a Harris’s Hawk.  One of the most beautiful raptors around.  Following is a series of photos Debbie took that speak for themselves.

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

And one more

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Not many people ever have the opportunity to see this raptor.  I provided a link above and if you click on it more information is there for you.  One bit of info on this bird I find interesting is that Harris’s Hawks will hunt in packs.  They’ll help each other chase a rabbit down and then actually share in the rewards.

One thing I noticed in the town of L.B. this year was the invasion of European Starlings has really taken hold.  They’re everywhere.  Sure, they are pretty but they also out-compete many native species for food and nesting sites.

European Starling.

European Starling.

Also, for the last couple years we’ve been seeing a few Eurasian Collard Doves around.  Another invasive species, they have definitely found a niche to occupy in town.  They seem to be taking over the place, a lot like they have in many U.S. cities.  Too bad.  Again, they are nice to see but they are just too aggressive  and out compete the natives.

Eurasian collard Doves

Eurasian collard Doves

Debbie and I are seeing many more birds here this year.  We’ll have more to show you soon as we just returned from a quad ride up an arroyo and the birds we saw, WOW!

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4 Responses to Look! What’s that raptor Debbie?

  1. Oly says:

    You’re right on both accounts.

  2. Oly says:

    Thank you mom and happy birthday!

  3. mom says:

    What a beautiful bird !!!!!!!! and what great shots Debbie————-the European Starling is pretty too.

  4. sharbythesea says:

    The Hawk looks so majestic! Like Royalty

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