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    help I.D. this bird please

    i was out driving looking for something to test my new 100-400 lens on and saw this guy in a tree. i thought it was a snowy owl at fist but the head looks wrong for that. pics arent very good cause he was almost 1/4 mile away and he left when he saw me get out of the truck. he looked a little bigger than a red tailed hawk.


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    Cool find!

    http://www.diversityinutah.com/albino1.html

    Follow the link for info on albino/leukistic Red-tailed Hawks. I assume that is what you have found, but I'm interested to hear what others think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsiegel5151 View Post
    Cool find!



    Follow the link for info on albino/leukistic Red-tailed Hawks. I assume that is what you have found, but I'm interested to hear what others think!
    I think that is a solid guess. leukistic raptor of some sort at least. Based on size and location I would also agree it is probably a red tail. Pretty great find. If it was me I would have tried to follow it and photograph it as long as possible.

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    great find and I agree it's a leucistic raptor....too bad you couldn't get closer for a positive ID.

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    White phase red tail hawk - cool. I a pic of a white phase sparrow (hangs out at the local starbucks) somehow not quite as cool as the hawk.

    Now that I googled leucistic.... - the sparrow seems to fit the description, learning stuff here not other than photo. Still cool
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