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.