Wednesday, May 4, 2016

. . . and More Molting at The Raptor Center

We introduced one of our new education winged ambassadors, a red-tailed hawk, to you recently.  She has now started molting in some of her adult tail feathers!

With rare exception, raptors have 12 tail feathers.  You can see that the middle two feathers are the ones that have dropped, and are now molting in the new, adult, red feathers.

This is one of the feathers that dropped!

This is a photo, taken with a macro lens, of the detail
in the feather.

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