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Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
The Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) nests across the great plains and in other grassland habitats of the western United States. The species migrates in large flocks all the way into South America for the winter. The first four images here, of birds in various plumages, were all roadside shots with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender near Marfa, Presidio Co., Texas, in September, 2005.
The next four shots of Swainson's Hawk in flight, were taken near McCook, Hidalgo Co., Texas, in May and June 2006with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens. In one shot a Western Kingbird may be seen harassing the hawk.
The next two shots were taken of migrant Swainson's Hawks along a roadside near the Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis Co., Texas, in September, 2006. These images were taken with the same gear as described above.
The adult Swainson's Hawk perched in a mesquite tree shown here was photographed with the same gear as above in Hidalgo Co., Texas, in May, 2007.
The Swainson's Hawk shown here was at Henry's Lake, Fremont Co., Idaho, in June, 2007.
The mature Swainson's Hawk in the next 4 shots was taking off from a perch in a yucca plant in Jeff Davis Co., Texas, in May, 2008. These images were shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The immature Swainson's Hawk shown here was perched on a fence post near Marfa, Presidio Co., Texas, in September, 2009. The next shot shows the same bird about to take flight. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 50D and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The adult Swainson's Hawk on the right was near Valentine, Jeff Davis Co., Texas, in September, 2009. The same gear as above was used for this shot.
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
a very pale individual
near Bastrop,
Bastrop Co., Texas
11 May 2013
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
a very pale individual
near Bastrop,
Bastrop Co., Texas
11 May 2013
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
a very pale individual
near Bastrop,
Bastrop Co., Texas
11 May 2013
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
immature light morph bird
Ranch Road 2810,
South of Marfa,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 May 2015
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
immature light morph bird
Ranch Road 2810,
South of Marfa,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 May 2015
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
light morph adult
along U.S. 67,
south of Marfa, Texas
24 May 2015
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
immature
Maxwell N.W.R.,
Colfax Co., New Mexico
19 August 2015
Lat 36.695439, Lon -104.543517
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
immature
Maxwell N.W.R.,
Colfax Co., New Mexico
19 August 2015
Lat 36.695439, Lon -104.543517
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
immature
Maxwell N.W.R.,
Colfax Co., New Mexico
19 August 2015
Lat 36.695439, Lon -104.543517
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
near Sheffield,
Pecos Co., Texas
24 August 2016
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
near Ft. Davis,
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
24 August 2016
Swainson's Hawk
Buteo swainsoni
sub-adult
just south of Marathon,
Brewster Co., Texas
29 August 2016