Bird of Prey ID?

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Bird of Prey ID?

Post by wbdeford » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:10 pm

Anyone know what this bird is? I saw it near the bottom of the Saline Valley.

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Post by bikerjosh » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:30 pm

Almost looks like a scruffy peregrine falcon, but coloring on breast is wrong.

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Post by Older Fossil » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:53 am

It's a tough call with this image, but I'm going to go with Red-tailed Hawk, based on overall coloring patterns.

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Post by wbdeford » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:54 am

Thanks....it's actually an extraction from a 50x-zoomed video...I first spotted him close to the road, but he flew away before I could snap a pic. Not sure if it will be of any more help than the still, but this is the video:

https://youtu.be/MCn1BTb3r4M

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Post by MojaveGeek » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:38 pm

Hard to tell with the back light but much more likely peregrine than red tail (look at the white facial markings).

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Post by Older Fossil » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:13 pm

Processing the following frame out of the video clip, it does look like it could be a peregrine.
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Post by wbdeford » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:05 am

Everything I've looked into says this is a peregrine, so that is what I'm going with. Thanks, guys!

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