Old and New

old and newFriends, these are flight feathers from a redtail hawk at the border between old feathers and new feathers, the old has signs of wear on the edges and the new have a smooth edge.  This is a sight that few of us get to see, unless we frequent Hawk Ridge and then study higher magnifications of the wings.  The older feathers are browner and might even be juvenal feathers left over when the bird had its first molt.  The very top feather shows a notch that is present on the outer primary flight feathers of the wing, so this is the left wing and we are looking at the underside of the wing.  I am busy studying the molts and feathers to see what i can learn, lots to learn. til Tomorrow MJ

About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Birds, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. a rare sight, thank you mj!

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