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Jul 07, 2008 22:33 |  #1

Can the more experienced advised if this is a Peregrine Falcon? I am in NH, with this guy living on my property. He has been quite illusive, although I shot him again today. While I was cleaning up the image, my wife asked to see the picture, noting an article in the local paper changing the status of the Peregrine Falcon in NH to threatened (from endangered).

I thought the timing was ironic (finally captured him on the day with the article on them).

I am not a birder. Shot with my best option: 70-200 f4 IS (@200) with a 1.5 telextender on a 40d (f4, 1/180, ISO 800, IS, handheld) This is a 100% crop.




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Jul 07, 2008 22:59 |  #2

To me it looks like a Broad-Winged Hawk but I'm not 100% positive.


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Jul 07, 2008 23:30 |  #3

It is definitely a Hawk of some kind. Not sure what kind but it is not a Falcon.


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Jul 07, 2008 23:32 |  #4

Hawk,. and nice timing!

Give us an idea of scale,. if your thinking it's a Peregrine, and have some idea of size, then it might be a Sharp Shinned,. but frankly the coloration does not look it to me.
If your not at all clear on scale, try to work that out. Is it bigger than a Crow?


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Jul 07, 2008 23:49 |  #5

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Jul 07, 2008 23:53 |  #6

Bugger...I can never get these links working proprerly but if you click you will see that yes you have the Falcon.....
I had seen one recently at the bird show at Toronga Zoo an amazing animal
fast and i mean lightning and maneuverability like you wouldn't beleive they prey on small birds.....and yes they loom a lot like a hawk....


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Jul 07, 2008 23:57 as a reply to  @ rooeey's post |  #7

Do you have any other shots of it? This is not a Peregrine Falcon, it looks like a Red-shouldered Hawk to me...




  
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Jul 08, 2008 00:01 |  #8

If I click I get an error.

The head and face markings are not even close for a Falcon. I may be wrong but I still say Hawk of some sort.


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Jul 08, 2008 02:54 |  #9

Found them...definately the peregrine Falcon taken at Toronga Zoo...
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Jul 08, 2008 06:55 as a reply to  @ rooeey's post |  #10

I am back. Here are a few more. I would say this guy was about 14" tall, or so. Hard to say exactly since he was quite far away, and only seen thru the branches. I can only post two images so here are to posts.


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Jul 08, 2008 06:59 as a reply to  @ single_track's post |  #11

Oh, I saw some photos of PF's that look quite similar to this guy, which is why I thought that is what he was. Sorry for the quality.


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Jul 08, 2008 13:58 |  #12

rooeey wrote in post #5870296 (external link)
Found them...definately the peregrine Falcon taken at Toronga Zoo...
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rooeey, your pics are of a falcon, the OP's are a totally different bird, look at the "hood" and other markings around the head.
Falcons have that hood and what we often refer to as "mustache" Hawks do not.
Thanks for posting your images though, they most certainly illustrate perfectly that the OP's image is not of a Falcon. :)


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Jul 08, 2008 14:01 |  #13

Single track, I doubt we can nail it down perfectly with these images, but it is a Hawk and most likely of the genus "buteo" (includes Red shouldered, Red Tailed, and other broad winged Hawks. )

Here's a shot of a Red shouldered hawk that illustrates the similarity of the heads markings to the chest,. you don't see that much in falcons.
http://travel.webshots​.com …291745079003500​2956dajqAF (external link)

Also note the yellow spot at the nostril or top base of beak, the darker wings etc..


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Jul 08, 2008 14:45 |  #14

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #5873308 (external link)
rooeey, your pics are of a falcon, the OP's are a totally different bird, look at the "hood" and other markings around the head.
Falcons have that hood and what we often refer to as "mustache" Hawks do not.
Thanks for posting your images though, they most certainly illustrate perfectly that the OP's image is not of a Falcon. :)

Yes and thankyou i do not explain myself very well some times....
I have however learend a little about some of the subtle differences between hawks and Falcons now thanks CDs...


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Jul 08, 2008 15:44 |  #15

I'm on the "Red-shouldered" bandwagon...


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