Monday, April 16, 2012

Majestic Alba overlooking hunting range

Alba is a large and beautiful adult harris hawk. She's bigger than longtime mate Matias although he's a swift and effective hunter. I named the formel (female hawk) 'alba' (white pearl, white, in Latin) because she has a distinctive small white patch on her upper tail coverts which can be seen in flight and from above, sometimes visible when she is perched. 
I met both one day in the fall of 2005 when they landed on my roof garden and I was touched and became completely fascinated and bonded with these maginificent creatures. (see earlier post "Meet Alba and Matias")

Formel (female hawk) Alba
Alba flies away from park
Alba flies northbound to hunt elsewhere. Note white small patch on upper-tail coverts

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