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This Northern Rough-legged Hawk was seen Monday and Tuesday at Loess Bluffs NWR near Mound City, MO.  Can it be further identified beyond RLHA, by date/location if it is an adult or juvenile bird?  Can it's gender and/or color morph be identified by plumage alone?  I don't believe there are subspecies to Rough-legged Hawks, but I'd love to be able to further identify if it's an adult or a juvenile, male or female, and light or dark morph.  Although many birders would be satisfied with just the basic ID, I obsess over trying to identify subspecies, etc., especially buteos.  Based on eye color alone, I'd guess this is probably a juvenile.  If it helps with identification, I have upper side shots as well, but they're much farther away and less detailed.

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