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Hello,

I took this picture this morning in Maryland. We are in the eastern shore in a some what rural area, near water and large open fields. It is a hawk but I could get no closer and it was very cloudy. Any help would be appreciated.

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Looks pretty good for a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk (possibly light morph?). Lack of a white base to the tail rules out Rough-legged Hawk.

EDIT: Just checked eBird reports, Harlan's would be quite rare. I'm not sure what else this could be. 

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The heavily banded tail points well away from Rough-legged (see cropped, lightened version of pic). The whitish front to the face does suggest Harlan's, but I'd want better photos with different angles before actually reporting the beast as a Harlan's.

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3 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

The heavily banded tail points well away from Rough-legged (see cropped, lightened version of pic). The whitish front to the face does suggest Harlan's, but I'd want better photos with different angles before actually reporting the beast as a Harlan's.

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Agreed.

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6 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

The heavily banded tail points well away from Rough-legged (see cropped, lightened version of pic). The whitish front to the face does suggest Harlan's, but I'd want better photos with different angles before actually reporting the beast as a Harlan's.

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Thanks this will take some time but I think  you may be right

 

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8 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

The heavily banded tail points well away from Rough-legged (see cropped, lightened version of pic). The whitish front to the face does suggest Harlan's, but I'd want better photos with different angles before actually reporting the beast as a Harlan's.

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Thank you so  much! Any information is greatly appreciated! I wish I haD better photo’s 

 

 

 

 

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On 1/26/2021 at 1:08 PM, Tony Leukering said:

The heavily banded tail points well away from Rough-legged (see cropped, lightened version of pic). The whitish front to the face does suggest Harlan's, but I'd want better photos with different angles before actually reporting the beast as a Harlan's.

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Thanks! Just curious - I've recently been interested in RTHA x RLHA hybrids. Since this bird does have a substantial dark tail tip, is this a possibility? I also think the beak looks a bit small for Red-tailed, the angle is tough though.

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1 hour ago, Melierax said:

Thanks! Just curious - I've recently been interested in RTHA x RLHA hybrids. Since this bird does have a substantial dark tail tip, is this a possibility? I also think the beak looks a bit small for Red-tailed, the angle is tough though.

We'd need more angles on this bird to tell if it was a hybrid.

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