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#1 JJayBird


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:56 AM

I was at Powhatan State Park near Richmond, Va. and spotted this beautiful big white bird soaring around with some vultures and a Red-tailed Hawk.  I managed to get quite a few shots but none were closer than these.  When I got home I did a search and found that someone had reported a leucistic Red-tailed at that same location on 12/29.  I'm sure it's the same bird and I took their word for it on the ID.  Is the ID correct and if so what are the tell-tale characteristics?  Thanks for the help!






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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:58 AM

I'd say you've got it with leucistic Red-tail.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:00 AM

Wow, what a stunning bird. I'm sure it is a Red-tailed, but other than shape there's not really much to go on! Red-tailed Hawks seem to be the most likely to be luesistic like this for some reason (at least, that's all I've heard of). 

In my defense, spellcheck though that my typing was correct, and who am I to argue..

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

When I saw the pics all I could say was "WOW".

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:08 PM

wow what a bird, 5 or 6 feather short of albino

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:02 PM

This is awesome!! What a neat find! Great shots btw :)

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:58 PM

Looks like the one I see over my yard every now and then! I haven't gotten that great of pictures though. 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 03:33 PM

Wow, what a pretty bird and amazing photo. The only time I've ever seen a Leucistic bird was when I was eating a pizza lunch at the photo camp I went to last summer. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me cuz I didn't bother taking it cuz I'd figured I'd just be eating lunch, so still not photos of Leucistic birds yet. It's head was the only leucistic part of its body so I am confident that it was a House Sparrow.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

wow what a bird, 5 or 6 feather short of albino


Technically no, as the eyes look black.  I'd say 5 or 6 feathers short of full leucism. 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:31 PM

Nice shots of a nice bird!! Congrats!

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:36 PM

WOW! That's a stunning Red-Tail!

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