Wednesday, March 12, 2008

H is for Harris Hawk

This week's choice for H is described by Wikipedia like this:

The Harris's Hawk or Harris Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus, formerly known as the Bay-winged Hawk or Dusky Hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey which breeds from the southwestern USA south to Chile and central Argentina.

It is the only member of the genus Parabuteo. The name is derived from the Greek para, meaning beside or near, and the Latin buteo, referring to a kind of hawk; uni meaning once; and cinctus meaning girdled[1] , referring to the white band at the base of the tail.

I took the picture at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England in the summer of 2006.

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32 comments:

Paulie said...

hehe Guess he didn't want to show his face? Neat entry and very educational fr me also.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful photo as always and a beautiful bird:)
Have a nice day:)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah, great post! Thank you for information as well about this fine feathered friend.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

hpy said...

I didn't know this Harris Hawk, so once more we can see that blogging is good also for learning.

Petunia said...

Har du bilder på bloggen er jeg fornøyd, selv om det "bare" er av en kråke.. Flott bilde va nå dette da av en ganske så sjelden fyr med vinger:) Må si meg enig med kommentaren fra "hpy".

Peter M said...

Never seen one of these, they look great

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I've always wondered what a hawk feels like being tied down. Do you think Nelson might tell me if I ask?

quintarantino said...

A very beautiful bird.

Gemma said...

This is a wonderful photograph.
What a beautiful bird.

Anne-Berit said...

Beautiful photo and bird.Have a wonderful day:o)

DeeMom said...

Awesome, so neat to see birds from other places, a perfect H for sure...we saw one here, Not a Harris, the other day adn I was able to get a somewhat decent pictture...

Love the additional information

Miss_Yves said...

Aweful bird and photo!
It's always interesting to know the etymology of words !
In France, too, it's very fashionable to show trainings of Hawks, falcons in medieval castles !
Miss Yves

Daryl E said...

oooooh ... scary and excellent H

leslie said...

Great idea for H - interesting. :D

Andrea said...

Wonderful picture of the hawk....couldn't find one around here. ;)

Kerri said...

Great H post! Our hawks here are more brownish..this one looks darker...but he is a BEAUTY!

Blue said...

Harris Hawks are impressive birds - went to a sanctury in CA last year with some & saw an amazing flying display near my home in Aug.
Good H.

mrsnesbitt said...

Alnwick castel??? Not too far away! We have been there on the motorbike.

imac said...

Cant see why you not happy with your post, its great Rune, really interesting info as well.You have another real thought out post.

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

happyone said...

A beautiful bird.

photowannabe said...

"Nelson" is quite a handsome Harris Hawk. Great choice for H.

kml said...

Is he real? Does he sit there in front of that sign all day? He is most beautiful!

Alan said...

Hawks are certainly beautiful animals, as are most of the birds of prey. We have different specie here, but they are all noble and poowerful creatures.

Kostas said...

Splendid and instructive the post, marvellous photograph!

AVCR8TEUR said...

I saw a similar Harris Hawk at the San Francisco Zoo this past weekend. It tried to lunge at one of my friends when he was photographing him.

flyingstars said...

WoW..this is a very beautifully captured shot!

Katney said...

I frequently see hawks along my commute. They prefer the highest point in the highest tree in the area so as to see EVERYTHING in their territory. I rarely see one well enough to identify what kind of hawk it might be.

Except this morning there could be no doubt that I saw a RED TAILED hawk.

Your hawk is a good H.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great bird this is. Love the history lesson on it.

Dragonstar said...

Great choice. Every day I learn more.

Neva said...

What a great "H" post. A handsome hawk!

Janet said...

What a beautiful bird! We have a lot of hawks around here but I'm not sure what kind they are.

kRiZ cPEc said...

Just come by to say hello to Harris Hawk. Thanks for sharing.