Yesterday went really well! I tossed an untethered quail for Nel after kicking around the field some. It almost out-maneuvered him but he got it when it landed. I was worried he might carry or not want to come back after a big meal but he did really great. I was able to approach and offered him the lure and then the glove after his meal with no issues.
I’ve been AWOL for a while and I’m so sorry! Here’s a video of Loki our long rated owl looking far larger than he actually is. (You can’t fully appreciate how majestic birds of prey are until you’ve seen slow motion videos of them flying)
Took in an eyas RSH that a friend found on their back porch. Couldn’t spot a nest anywhere near the house, but he was pretty wiped out from the heat and dehydration. He’s now in the hands of a fellow falconer who’s flown RSH before and wanted to take him in. Cooter grudgingly shared his freezer food :>
The extremes of red-tailed hawk color morphs. White to very, very dark. Both are the same species, Buteo jamaicensis.
The bird on the left has an extreme lack of melanin production and the bird on the right over-produces melanin. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes, which also produce pheomelanin, which results in a reddish-brown color. Note that the bird on the left has a red tint to her tail even though her melanocytes aren’t functioning normally, this could be due to porphyrins and/or carotenoids contributing to the red color in red-tailed hawk tails as well.
Both birds still exhibit the common trait of being total derps (as demonstrated in the third set of photos).