Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
25 Jan 2018, 9:01 AM,
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Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
While out at work in Pittman Valley yesterday (an area along the I-40 near the Deer Farm) I had an awesome day for raptor viewing. First of the day was a Peregrine Falcon on the hunt, then I encountered a group of 3 adult Bald Eagles at close range, perched on some horse fencing in the middle of the open prairie. After this, I was caught off guard by this amazing bird. 
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I'd heard reports of a leucistic Red-tail near this area about a year before, but I never saw it myself or heard of it again after that, so I was blown away to stumble on it again. This bird isn't perfectly leucistic, I was able to ID it thanks to several distinct streaks of red in the tail, and during flight you can see several thick streaks and mottles of black on the upper primaries. Pittman Valley is typically a great place to see raptors, and is easily accessed from the 40. I think there's a good chance this bird could be seen here again.

Cody Funk
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25 Jan 2018, 11:06 AM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
having trouble viewing the images...hug size and no scroll ability...
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25 Jan 2018, 2:02 PM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
Chuck, on my phone anyway: long press on the photo brings up a menu, choose “save photo”. It ends up with the rest of your photos. Someone near a desktop may be able to confirm this, but I remember a right click on the photo gives the option to “open in a new window”. That should let you view the whole thing.
Tom
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25 Jan 2018, 2:27 PM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
10-4 thanks. i''l try.
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25 Jan 2018, 4:26 PM,
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That is one wild looking bird.
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26 Jan 2018, 7:30 AM,
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Like Chuck, I can't see the fotos or most of the Text either.

Try deleting and resizing fotos to 20%.
Tom
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26 Jan 2018, 9:04 AM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
I tried the right click on photo and open in new window thing and that worked for viewing images.
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26 Jan 2018, 10:20 AM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
If the sender can't compact the size, they can crop it down and get a manageable size.  I can't get size reducing software, but basic windows photo gallery lets me crop the image.
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26 Jan 2018, 10:28 AM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
I generally view posts on my phone (someday I'll break down and get a computer in my house).. If the photo is too large I can't read any subsequent posts on the thread either.
T
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26 Jan 2018, 12:23 PM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
Hopefully, this will help.

Gary


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26 Jan 2018, 12:24 PM,
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Now that we can all see the pictures, can we talk about the features that make this a Red-tailed Hawk???

Jason
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26 Jan 2018, 1:13 PM,
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Start at Buteo or do we need to eliminate Accipiter and Falco?
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26 Jan 2018, 1:37 PM,
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[ignoring Chuck] It sure has a lot of dark feathering in the tail.
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26 Jan 2018, 2:27 PM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
Those are dark primary feathers. :>)
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26 Jan 2018, 2:32 PM,
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Oh.  .
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26 Jan 2018, 4:30 PM,
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Since Gary has kindly done some image reduction, I have quarantined Cory's images as they were breaking the internet.


Image resizing tutorial
http://azbird.net/sightings/showthread.p...7#pid20947

Apple alternatives
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26 Jan 2018, 9:29 PM,
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RE: Pittman Valley Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk
Sorry about breaking the forum apart there, I can never seem to get my images to resize and my photography skills are sub-par to say the least so I never worried about it.

I made the call on Red-tailed Hawk based on reports and photos of a bird which looked identical to this one (which I think are somewhere in the archives of the forum, actually), and on the presence of red streaking in the tail feathers (which I did not get photos of unfortunately) the same shade as would be found on a normal plumage Red-tail
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