Hawk Pattern

This is my neighborhood Sharp Shinned Hawk.  I had thought that the white spots on its back were perhaps leucism (genetic mutation).  But when it poses like this, that pattern seems to be natural and quite a good camouflage in dappled lighting.  I tried to wait until more than its head was in the sunlight, but it had places to be and flew away before being illuminated evenly.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA.

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2 Responses to Hawk Pattern

  1. sunnyharvy says:

    Beautiful shot and good observation.

  2. ambfoxx says:

    Wow. I LOVE this picture.

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