Chocolate Ferruginous Hawk


This guy is a regular in Panoche Valley but seeing him is hit or miss. One of the prettiest birds in California.


This is the area in the valley that I call “Merlin Alley” but it was devoid of little dark falcons on this day. It made up for it with the dark morph buteo.


This is where I found him. I was glad he stayed put after I stopped since almost every other bird had been skittish that day.


A glimpse of the rare Ferruginous Bear.


Eventually he spotted something in the distance and made his move.


A glorious sight that I hope we can continue to see for years to come, a Ferruginous Hawk over Panoche Valley.

3 responses

  1. Carin Lyons

    Beautiful!

    November 25, 2011 at 4:59 am

  2. Wonderful photos — and thanks so much for that view of the landscape. Beautiful California…

    November 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  3. These Panoche shots are great Walter! Maybe I should get down there.

    November 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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