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Raptor IDs

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1. Red-tailed hawk? This was a HUGE bird.

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2. Another red-tailed hawk? Different bird, not as large as the first one.

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3 & 4. Female American Kestrel? (Both pictures are of the same individual.)

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These were all taken in Northern Colorado.

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Thank you! That first hawk was so gigantic that I had to stare at it for a minute to be sure it was a real bird and not a decorations someone had put up. =D

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From the back, Red-tails show a V shaped pattern of light colored speckles, and from the front, a band of stripes on the belly, both are good field marks to ID them.

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