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Ferruginous Hawk Dark maybe?

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Taken today in Colorado Eastern Plains. Is this a Dark Morph Ferruginous or something else like a Red-tailed Hawk?

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Yeah, that gape rivals "Batman's Joker!" I'd call that a Ferrugionous based on that alone.

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That gape is what had me leaning Ferrug also. Thanks though because I was not sure.

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Based on the extended gape and although my guide does not say anything about this, the image of the dark-morph shows a white spot between the chest and neck. I agree with Dark Morph Ferruginous.

EDIT..ok I'm slow. "Fourthed"

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Very cool, Clip! (But I want to know whether you managed to get a photo of our state bird while you were on the plains as well?)

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betiam- not this trip on our State Bird but I do have a couple shots of them taken at Cherry Creek State Park last summer. Last summer was the first time I had ever seen our State bird.

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Agree, for what its worth. looks like a young one with that yellow eye and plain plumage.

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