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"Swainson's Hawk"
Swainson's Hawk:    The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) was first described in 1838 by Charles Bonaparte, a French naturalist and ornithologist who also happened to be the nephew of the Emperor Napoleon. He named the bird after William Swainson, a British naturalist. William Swainson named and described more than 20 species of North American birds including the American Scoter, now called the Black Scoter and the Bullock's Oriole. Swainson's most important contribution to the knowledge of North American birds was the publishing of the four volume Fauna Boreali-Americana. Swainson's Hawks are long-distance migrants with some traveling more then 6,000 miles each way. They often migrate from their summer range in Eastern Washington to spend the winter in the grasslands and agricultural areas of southern Argentina.

 
Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

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Swainson's Hawk, dark-morphed adult, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Overcast drizzly day. Image taken September 23, 2013. Background image digiscoped, Nikon Prostaff 65 and Fujifilm XP170. Inset image Panasonic Lumix FZ200.


Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington ...

I found this hawk on November 26, 2008, sitting in a small field at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. He became a local birding sensation, as it is very unusual to have a Swainson's Hawk on the west side of the Cascades, ESPECIALLY in November !!! ... I went to visit the Hawk often. Below are my images, latest at the top.

January 9, 2009 ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 9, 2009. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.


January 2, 2009, Christmas Bird Count ...

The Swainson's Hawk was present for the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. The area of Vancouver Lake and Shillapoo Wildlife Areas were counted on January 2, 2009.

Image, 2009, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 2, 2009. Canon S5 "SuperZoom".


December 27, 2008, after "record" snowfall for the Vancouver, Washington, area ...

More than 14 inches of snow in December gave Vancouver its whitest Christmas ever. According to weather watchers, it was Vancouver’s heaviest snowfall in 40 years.
["Columbian.com" website, December 27, 2008]

The National Weather Service says the winter wallop that dealt the Portland area nearly 19 inches of snow in the last two weeks has by one measurement made December the snowiest month since January 1950 in a city more noted for winter rain. Based on the snowfall at Portland International Airport, meteorologist Charles Dalton said, the winter weather also gave the city its snowiest Christmas at least since 1940, when the agency began recording precipitation levels there. The January 1950 total at the airport was 22 inches of snow.
[KGW News website, December 27, 2008]

These images were captured on the third day into the "melt". Quite a bit of the snow is gone.

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 27, 2008. Canon Rebel XTi, 200z.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 27, 2008. Canon Rebel XTi, 200z.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 27, 2008. Canon Rebel XTi, 200z.


December 16, 2008, early afternoon ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


... hunting ...

Image, 2008, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


... lunch ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


... in blackberries ...

Image, 2008, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 16, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


December 11, 2008, late morning, overcast ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 11, 2008. Canon S5 SuperZoom.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 11, 2008. Canon S5 SuperZoom.


... late afternoon, evening sun ...

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Evening sun, Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 11, 2008. Canon S5 SuperZoom.


December 6, 2008, late afternoon, sunny ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 6, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


... closeups ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 6, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 6, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 6, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


December 3, 2008, weather overcast and gray ...

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 3, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 3, 2008. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


November 26, 2008, day of discovery of the Swainson's Hawk ...
"Day of discovery" of the Swainson's Hawk ... I found this hawk on November 26, 2008, sitting in a small field at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. He became a local birding sensation, as it is very unusual to have a Swainson's Hawk on the west side of the Cascades, ESPECIALLY in November !!! ... These are the images I took which were used to identify him.

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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 26, 2008. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 26, 2008. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 26, 2008. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.
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Swainson's Hawk, juvenile, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 26, 2008. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.

While out-of-focus, image is included here to show coloration under the wings.



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