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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). 


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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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