White Hawk

October 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm (Birds - Georgia, Georgia, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk

This red-tailed hawk isn’t dressed out for winter.  And it’s not an albino.  This guy/gal is leucistic – meaning it is missing color pigments other than melanin.  (Albinism is the absence of melanin – the pigment that gives our skin and hair its color.)  Albinos have pink eyes due to absence of pigment in the eyes.  Leucistic animals like this one still have their dark eyes, and often hints of color as you can see in this bird.

This hawk has been at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Island Ford area for quite awhile, and was photographed last month.

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Chattahoochee River Birds

February 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm (Atlanta, Birds - Georgia, National Parks, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Carolina chickadee singing

Living in the city, I get cabin fever sometimes and need a “nature fix.”  In a half hour I can be in a lovely forest setting along the Chattahoochee River, a National Park recreation area. Yesterday morning I visited the Island Ford portion and saw a cluster of bird activity before I’d even walked away from the car – a brown-headed nuthatch chipping out a nesting hole, a white-breasted nuthatch exploring a hole in the street light, a male ruby-crowned kinglet singing and flashing his very red crown, and a red-headed woodpecker alighting on a tall trunk.   Read the rest of this entry »

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