Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Ornate Hawk-Eagle at Santa Fe

Bill Porteous reports a pair of Ornate Hawk-Eagles at Santa Fe, seen on the road towards Rio Luis beyond Alto de Piedra. At around 8am on a warm sunny morning they rose from the forest, circled a few times, and disappeared over the next crest. The wings were broad and very rounded and the tail long with at least two bands, which were white on the undersurface. From below, the body was heavily barred and darker than the underwings, while the dorsal surface appeared all dark, apart from the nape and neck sides, which were bright orange-tawny.

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