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Roadside hawk        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The roadside hawk, a small buteo, is a common bird throughout most of the Neotropics.   As their name implies, they are frequently seen along the edges of roads and other open areas.   They have striking chestnut-colored flight feathers when airborn (faintly visible here).   One of these was sitting on the bank of the Manu River; another was near Pantiacolla Lodge, both in southeastern Peru, and the birds below were near Cali, Colombia.

  • Canon 7D or 1D4, 500 mm IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender (2013, 2014, 2016)