Hawk Lessons

Friends, these two images show the maturation of a sharp-shinned hawk.  The left image is a first year chick that was hatched in June and the bottom image shows a two or three year old bird.  Three dramatic changes can be compared on these birds.  The first is the differences in  eye color from the juvenile yellow to orange and red of more mature birds.  Secondly, the vertical bars on the chest of the younger bird changes to a more horizontal barring on the mature bird.  And third, the chocolate brown of the juvenile changes to a deep gray on the adult bird. That is your hawk lesson for today til Tomorrow MJ

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About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on September 29, 2012, in Birds, Lake Superior, photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. These shots are perfect for illustrating the maturation. You must be the most patient person to wait for these birds. Thank you!

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