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Best area for raptors?

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Oct 14, 2016 08:48 |  #1

I live in southern Illinois and have trouble finding raptors. I see them on the interstate but feel it's too dangerous to stop on the shoulder to take photo's. Where would be the best locations to find them?

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Oct 14, 2016 09:10 |  #2

Well when I lived in Illinois the places I saw them was by the bigger rivers and lots of Red Tail Hawks when I went pheasant hunting. They got to the pheasant before we could :)

Illinois has an above average raptor population. They are there, you need to look around. I think once you start to find them you will see them all over.

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Oct 20, 2016 19:00 |  #3

Check with your local bird club or state ornithology society.

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Oct 20, 2016 22:04 |  #4

If you are not too far from big rivers they tend to be a pretty good place for raptors. At the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi I typically will see, bald eagles, red shouldered Hawks, harriers, cormorants, peregrine falcons and and less commonly kestrels, osprey, Cooper's Hawks and others.

On a given trip I'll see at least a couple...obviously it depends upon the time of year.

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