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    Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    I photographed this large bird on the ground today. I have not been able to identify it. The marking on the legs are distinctive, but I have yet found a match.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    My first thought is a big old red tailed hawk.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    To help us, where did you gat that photo? What country...?

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    My first thought is a big old red tailed hawk.
    Thanks Steve, I will check the Red Tailed Hawk.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    I'm with Steve. I'd say it's a juvenile (first year) red-tailed hawk. The key isn't really the leg markings (although this does match the juvenile red-tail), but the big white patch on the breast, which is a distinctive field mark of the red-tail. Red-tails come in a variety of color morphs, from light to dark, but the eastern ones are mostly light and there are plenty of red-tails in Florida.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clint007 View Post
    To help us, where did you gat that photo? What country...?
    Hello Claude, the image was taken today at a nature reserve in central Florida in the USA.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhurley View Post
    I'm with Steve. I'd say it's a juvenile (first year) red-tailed hawk. The key isn't really the leg markings (although this does match the juvenile red-tail), but the big white patch on the breast, which is a distinctive field mark of the red-tail. Red-tails come in a variety of color morphs, from light to dark, but the eastern ones are mostly light and there are plenty of red-tails in Florida.
    Thanks Brad, as I answered Steve I shall check out the Red Tailed Hawk.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    I agree with the Red-tail Hawk.
    It is recognized with light iris and the "V" on wing coverts.

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    Re: Need Help Identifying This Bird...

    Thanks to all respondents, I sincerely appreciate your help for indentifying this bird as a Red-tail Hawk. I can now file the image, actually this is the first Red-tail Hawk I have captured in Florida. I shall be looking for it perched as well as in flight.

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