It has become the morning routine for this family of Hawks to stop by the playground behind my place. Today there was only one perched up on the playground bars, and the Magpies were pestering it, however, it continued to screech or call for mom! Finally I could hear the parent in the distance, then she was close enough to keep one eye on me and the other on her off spring.
Oh my!!!!! This parent Hawk has the patience of a saint! this Juvenile played around on the swings FOREVER! After much encouragement from the parent, it took off but landed just a short distance from the swings onto the ground.
By this time even I felt the vulnerability of the young hawk, now it’s sibling has just arrived and perched itself on the swingset bars in the playground. Mom hawk is now coming at me, in the event of her distracting me, I missed the young hawk’s take off but got a few awesome flight shots.
How does one distinguish an adult from a juvenile, and now I’ve learned a sub-adult? Here is a link to some great information on Swainson’s Hawks, http://www.nemesisbird.com/bird-science/determining-age-and-color-type-of-swainsons-hawks-part-1/
I love this shot, this is a wonderful place to live. I’m thinking that this is a sub-adult, what do you think?