Here are more powerful and beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!
Who’s fixed his fine eyes on you?
A Chilean buteo, thats who!
Buteo is a general term that includes all gliding raptors. This guy came to call and stayed with me for a spell, in Valparaiso Chile.
I think, but am not sure, that he is a Swainson Hawk.
He might also be a Rufous Tailed Hawk, which is a rarer, southern version, of the North American Red Tailed Hawk. The rufous is a threatened species.
If anyone can help with identification, I would be most grateful and will post the clarification.
All I know is that he is a gorgeous buteo from Chile who hung out with me much closer and longer than Holler hawks ever do!
Cheers to you from Chile’s friendly hawks~