Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk

Wow, what a lucky shot! If I hadn’t forgotten my sunglasses on the top of the hill, I never would have gone back up there. I had walked by this young Broad-winged Hawk 3 times without noticing it. He had just left the nest, but was still unable to fly. His only defense is to sit completely motionless. His back feathers completely blended in with the trunk of the Jack Pine where he was perched. You can see in this photo where he is losing his downy feathers and growing in flight feathers. Notice the spikey feathers under the chin.

This entry was posted in Crane Lake Area. Bookmark the permalink.