A Double-Header

Friends, this small hawk, the sharp-shinned is a second year bird and her eyes are turning from the yellow of a first year bird to orange.  The vertical strips on the front have now turned more horizontal and her cap is starting to turn from chocolate brown to gray.  Below is a more mature bird with the red eyes and more gray on her cap.  You can compare these more mature birds to the sharpie from yesterday’s post of a sharpie that was hatched this spring.  til Tomorrow MJ

About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on September 13, 2012, in Birds, Lake Superior, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. wonderful photos mj, inspiring …. i am missing my superzoom at times, have to be content with distant shots of birds while travelling!

    • yes superzooms are helpful on birds, these head shots are from hand-held birds captured while banding, so any lens will do :), thanks for your comments christine, i am enjoying your trip, MJ

  2. Love the yellow on his head. hugs, jack

  3. Beautiful photos of beautiful birds.

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