My friend Jerry said “MORE RAPTORS!” when I posted a male Red-winged Blackbird two days ago… so Jerry here is one for you! One very scruffy looking sub-adult Swainson’s coming right up!
Seriously, I wish I understood more about molting with many of the raptors including Swainson’s Hawk and perhaps if I ever find some free time I will attempt to study molt patterns more closely. Guess I just need to hang with Jerry more often. 😉
Yep, this Swainson’s Hawk is scruffy and ragged. It also looks shabby, frayed, tattered and worn out and it still looks handsome to me. Kind of like the guys I know who spend hours in the field getting scruffy while photographing birds.