For a while I’ve been seeing a ferruginous hawk along ranch road and I’ve been hoping to take a good photograph of the hawk. A few days ago I took some photographs of a ferruginous hawk on my way to the ranch. I’m not sure if it was the same hawk, but it probably was.
The ferruginous hawks belong to the broad wing family and are buteos as are the red-tailed hawks and red-shouldered hawks. They hunt from the air or from perches and they glide in the thermals along with the eagles and vultures.
These photographs are not great, but they will clearly show the marking of a light morph ferruginous hawk.
For comparison, here are a couple red-tailed hawk photos.
In California habitats red-tailed hawks are usually the most common large raptor.