A rare, leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk. Leucism is a genetic color mutation, where there is loss of pigment in hair, fur, feathers or skin. Unlike albinism, it does not affect the color of the eyes. Birds with leucism are not always as white as this hawk, some may just have a mottled or piebald appearance. It is common in pigeons (rock doves), and you have almost certainly seen it without knowing it.
As you can see in this photo, his condition does not seem to be impairing his abilitly to hunt. I wish I had a glamourous hero story for this shot, but my friend and I went for a walk while her daughter was in a dance lesson. About 2 minutes down the trail, there he was! I almost didn't bother bringing the camera along, but my friend said we might see beavers. (Come to think of it, I do not have a decent photo of a beaver, to this day!) This is one of my very early photos, taken with a Nikon D3200 and 55-300 kit lens, cropped quite liberally.
Another remarkable photo shared with us by @magri_wings , a beautiful image of a Red-Tailed Hawk seen this past week at World's End! .
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