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Gallery of raptors in flight

We’re in the midst of raptor migration in North America, so we thought it would be useful to share photos of hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey in flight. Scroll through the gallery below to view images of raptors that you’re likely to see in fall, especially if you visit a hawk watch. 

If you want to find a hawk watch near you, here’s a list of 18 sites, or take a look at, which is operated by the Hawk Migration Association of North America. It offers counts of raptors updated daily at active hawk-watching sites. 

Swainson's Hawk (light morph)

Swainson's Hawk (light morph)

A western buteo. Varies in plumage from pale to brown. Light morph, shown here, is more common. Breeds from northern Alaska to northern Mexico and winters mostly in Argentina. Photo by John Pizniur

The photos above come from our Reader Galleries. Thanks to our talented gallery members for posting their photos. 

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