The Travels of Tug 44

Swainson's Hawk

This Swainson's Hawk was at the 2017 Winter Raptor Fest, at our local Washington County Fairgrounds. These are large hawks, generally found in the American Prairie Mid-West, and they are long distance migrators, wintering in Argentina.   high-res

They catch mice and voles and small mammals. The handler got the bird to show off his wings for my photos.   high-res

When he's all calmed down he looks like this - sleek and streamlined. That's a very powerful bird.   high-res

The Swainson's Hawk, a long distance migrator.

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