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Florida Hawk ID

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Got a great look at this hawk in perfect morning light today and assumed red-shouldered, but on editing now I'm not totally convinced. Red Shouldered and Cooper's are the most common in this area followed by red tail, but this fellows color and streaking is off a bit and the eyes are so dark in good light for a juvenile red shoulder. I need a sanity check. The way it took off I didn't get a good look at tail and wings were a blur.

thanks in advance 

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In the second photo note the white barring on the wing which is a distinctive mark for Red-shouldered Hawk, so I think you were right initially.

Great photos!

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Thanks for the confirmation. There is a lot of subtle variety in RSH's around here and in juveniles especially. I'll remember the white barring. 

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