…is a “Krider’s” morph red-tailed hawk! These much rarer morphs of the common species of hawk breed in the prairies of the northern Great Plains (Montana and the Dakotas)! They winter in the southern Great Plains and surrounding areas, but are very rare in the Southeastern United States (aka where I took the picture, Pensacola Beach, Florida!)
Not sure what species, but how beautiful is this hawk? The unusually white breast feathers are absolutely majestic.
Another Cooper’s Hawk hunting from a power line.
Sneaky Kestrel tries to steal the Cooper Hawk’s prey, but he is not backing down. At ALL. This swooping happened about 5 times and there was some inTENSE bird calls happening.
Another American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)!
AMAZING picture of a Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper’s Hawk with prey (likely a Mourning dove or a pigeon).