Abut 10 Mississippi Kites were observed high overhead so shots are drastically cropped.
perched near DOR Armadillo
near Caldwell, Texas
2nd year bird
Bastrop Co., Texas
11 May 2013
This is a very unusually plumaged young Swainson's Hawk. I'm posting it just to show some of the variations in plumage this species can show on occasion. By the long wings (which can be seen extending past the end of the tail in the 2nd shot) it pretty much has to be a Swainson's. The only other breeding buteos in this area are Red-tailed and Red-shouldered. This was in the middle of extensive pastureland.
Despite iNat's "out-of range" designation, Swainson's Hawks are common breeders all over the Austin area and always have been.
Loosely speaking, the term "Birds of Prey", relates to birds