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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Skywatch Friday: Swainson's Hawk Migration
Swainson's Hawks in Rio Rico, AZ 10-5-08 by photo by Gusto!
Nikon D80 70-300mm lens
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In Autumn the Swainson's Hawks gather in huge flocks for fall migration. Though I have read about this, I have never witnessed it for myself until this past Sunday when we were in Rio Rico. As we came around a curve on Pendleton Drive we spotted this kettle of birds swirling in the sky. Gus pulled over and grabbed the camera while I grabbed my binoculars. As I watched amazed Gus snapped off over 350 photos. The birds were in the air, in the trees and on the ground. A few turkey vultures mingled with them, but I counted over 50 birds just on the ground and more than 50 in the air. It was truly an amazing sight!
Swainson's Hawk soars over tree tops in Rio Rico, AZ 10-5-08 by Gusto!