Short-tailed Hawk, light morph
Short-tailed Hawk seen today at J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL. It is unusual to see this hawk perched. Mostly seen soaring above as it hunts. This is a hawk seen mainly in FL and a little in southern TX and southern AZ. It also comes as a dark morph with very dark body and underwings. Always special, and somewhat rare to see here on Sanibel. Lucky day!