Zone-tailed Hawk

Buteo albonotatus

ML222782891


©
Brooke Smith
Search this contributor

eBird Checklist S67053687
1733 Old Sayers Rd, Bastrop US-TX (30.2321,-97.3324)
Bastrop, Texas, United States
Search this location, Illustrated Checklist
Latitude and Longitude 30.2321, -97.3324 Map

Age
Immature
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

Exceptional views of a most unexpected species. Bird was seen amid the ranch country on Old Sayersville Rd. First seen relatively low and at close range, and identified by yellow cere and rounded head. Dismounting the vehicle, we watched the bird “working” an apparent territory as it was never out of sight for at least 30 minutes. Key marks included all black plumage on back, head, breast, and upper side of wings and tail. From below the bird displayed black forewings and dusky-white flight feathers with light black lines almost like checkering, and yellow legs. This bird was unquestionably an immature bird, and a bird likely hatched last year. Telltale marks included scattered white feathering on the breast, head, and upper-wing, and a tail that, from above, revealed barely discernible grayish bands, and from below, was dusky white with thin black lines. Amazingly, the bird caught a lizard in front of us and relocated to a dead tree where it perched for another 30 minutes and ate. See photos.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
f-stop
f/6.3
Focal length
371 mm
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
ISO
200
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,576KB
Dimensions
1902 x 1559

Related Media

Same Observation

View All

Same Checklist

View All

Same Species

View All