Jun 30 2010
If you watch birds in Pennsylvania a glance at this one suggests it’s a red-tailed or rough-legged hawk.
Nope. It’s an upland buzzard (Buteo hemilasius), native to Central Asia.
Todd Katzner is on a field expedition in Mongolia and emailed me this picture yesterday, a sample of the stunning raptors he’s seeing there.
A lot of my scientist friends do field work in the summer, something I’ve never done. To get a sense of what their trips are like I’ve been reading Tingay & Katzner’s The Eagle Watchers.
Ghostly New Guinea harpy eagles, wary and comical Steller’s sea eagles.
The birds they see on field expeditions are out of this world.
(photo by Dr. Todd Katzner of the National Aviary)