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What kind of bird is this?

My wife took this picture and we aren't sure what kind of bird it is. Anyone know what it is? [img:center][/img]
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Re: What kind of bird is this?

Melanistic hawk??

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Re: What kind of bird is this?

Looks like a Golden Eagle to me.
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Re: What kind of bird is this?

Dark Phased Rough-legged Hawk

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http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/b...gh-legged-hawk

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Dark Phased Rough-legged Hawk
This definitely makes more sense than my WAG.
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Re: What kind of bird is this?

Thanks for the replies. I'd have to say Grousedog 20 is correct. We found some other pix of the dark phase that are almost identical to the photos my wife took. We figured the guys on here would know despite the poor pic. Thanks
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The wing pattern in the first pic is unmistakable for a Roughie. We found a light-phased one last weekend here in Snyder County. If you get the chance to watch one hunt, they often hover in the air almost like a Kestrel, which is remarkable for their size. I have also read that their nests sometimes contain Caribou bones with the sticks, I suppose much like a Great-crested Flycatcher chooses snake skins.

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