A scruffy sub-adult Swainson's HawkA scruffy sub-adult Swainson’s Hawk – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 357mm, natural light, not baited

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.