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21 Jun 2021 Pinellas co. FL

These 2 raptors was were alternately soaring nicely together, and fighting with each other.  The larger hawk was a Red-tailed, but we couldn't ID the smaller one.  What is the smaller one?  

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23 minutes ago, floraphile said:

21 Jun 2021 Pinellas co. FL

These 2 raptors was were alternately soaring nicely together, and fighting with each other.  The larger hawk was a Red-tailed, but we couldn't ID the smaller one.  What is the smaller one?  

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7 minutes ago, Kerri said:

Why isn't the last photo a Turkey Vulture?

Hi, @Kerri!  The bird in question was much smaller than the Red-tailed (Turkey Vultures would be larger), had barring on the flight feathers (TUVUs would not), did not fly in dihedral/rock like TUVU, and proportions and shape were not that of a TUVU. 

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On 6/22/2021 at 4:12 AM, blackburnian said:

Yes, that’s a Short-tailed. Super jealous.

I photographed my first one just recently visiting the Keys. I live in north Florida and they are rare here. Seems there are a number of birds that live in south Florida but not north. My husband says no more trips to Miami or Monroe counties this year though. Dang it! I'm still missing a few for my life list that hang out in those two counties mostly.

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3 hours ago, Clip said:

I photographed my first one just recently visiting the Keys. I live in north Florida and they are rare here. Seems there are a number of birds that live in south Florida but not north. My husband says no more trips to Miami or Monroe counties this year though. Dang it! I'm still missing a few for my life list that hang out in those two counties mostly.

I have husband-limiting birding, also.  😄  He has promised to take me to the Keys next year.  🤞 

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12 minutes ago, floraphile said:

I have husband-limiting birding, also.  😄  He has promised to take me to the Keys next year.  🤞 

I'm not spousally limited, but she's not into it at all.  She likes being outdoors in parks, reserves, etc, but doesn't want to stand around in one spot for half an hour or more to see what comes by, much less wait for whatever that is moving in the shrubs to (maybe) come to the surface.

I'd try to hook up with other local birders but it seems Facebook is the primary method of doing this.  I'm still not comfortable signing up for it.

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14 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Excellent & most-fitting article, @Quiscalus quiscula.  Thank you for sharing.  To Hubby's credit, much of the non-birder spouse description from the article also applies to him:  

"heavy [late] sleeper...loves the outdoors...tolerant."

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4 hours ago, floraphile said:

I have husband-limiting birding, also.  😄  He has promised to take me to the Keys next year.  🤞 

I won't complain because mine is very patient with me and my birding/bugging/herping/sightseeing... I will say though that since we retired I miss birding by myself some times when I could go at my own pace and if I wanted to take 10 minutes to get just the right photo of a tiger beetle I could. Now I feel bad if I take too long...

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