Galapagos Hawk

Galapagos Hawk in a tree

The Galapagos Hawk is a large hawk endemic to most of the Galapagos Islands. With that said, we should have seen more of them than we did.

Worse, we should have been able to photograph one in flight. Or, at a minimum, we should have been able to get close enough to get a clear, close-up image.

None of those should haves came to be. I saw only this one Galapagos Hawk, and it was far off.

This is possibly the most technically difficult image I made during the trip. The saving factor was there was enough light to shoot fast. That fact kept the image as sharp as it is, which is below my normal standard for publishing. This image has been cropped to bring the bird closer. It has also gone through more post-production editing than I normally tolerate.

The Galapagos Hawk is relatively large, and its size and weight vary from island to island. This bird was seen on Santiago Island, where the weight of birds ranges between 2.1 and 2.6 pounds. The Galapagos Hawks found on Marchena Island weigh between 1.9 and 2.7 pounds. The stated weights are for males, lower, and females, higher.

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