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Hawk in the hammocks by illmatar Hawk in the hammocks by illmatar
Pretty sure this is a lady Northern harrier, but it might be just a very dark red-shouldered.  Birds books are very handy with their measurements, but the provide no advise on how you get the hawk to come down and be measured!  I asked politely and everything.

She has a bloody mess of something on the branch that the resurrection fern is hiding nicely.  She seemed much more into her lunch than my requests for an easy ID.  Birds.  So inconsiderate.

Myakka State Park, Sarasota, Florida
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice capture! 
I don't know what species it is, but it's definitely not a harrier.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
I'm told it's likely a young broadwing...but I don't know how to tell for sure. 
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It actually looks a lot like a juvenile Borad-winged Hawk. Definitely not a Harrier though. This is a really nice photo!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Thanks!  If you don't mind my asking...how can you tell?  I know we have broadwings around here but I've never felt any confidence in IDing one. 
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I can tell it's not a harrier because of the shape of the head. Harriers have a sort of owlish shaped head, it's pretty unique to them. I am thinking it's a juvenile broad-wing because of the feather patterns on the neck/chest area. IDing can be pretty tricky, there are quite a few birds that look really similar.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Thanks!
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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hellbat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Very nice! 
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Thank ye!
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hellbat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016
:)
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
She looks pissed at the fact you took a photo of her eating. If she sees you again she may leave a present on you :XD:
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Oh she kept her eye on us...and I think ate a bit faster so we wouldn't steal her yummies.
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Probably did eat a little faster. "Those featherless fleshlings will not be getting my dinner!"
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Precisely!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
Is it really called a resurrection fern? Seems an appropriate place to lunch on a corpse.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
It's called resurrection fern because when it hasn't rained in a few days it shrivels up, turns brown, and seems dead.  Add a sprinkle or two and it pops back up quicker than Optimus Prime.

I took lots of gory "pulling up yummy strips of meat" shots but she was so high above us they all blurred.  I was sad. 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Moss does a similar thing. During lunch breaks on hikes I often amused myself by pouring a tiny bit of water on a small patch of dry moss on whichever rock I was sitting on, and watching it gradually floof back up from dead brown to perky green.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Heh.  You'll make a toy out of anything won't you?
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
I am easily amused, what can I say?
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