Gallery of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures
Through the contributions of the counters, guests, and local photographers, the DRHW has acquired a vast collection of images of flying raptors that have been recorded at the lower Detroit River. Click on the links below to access information regarding their natural history*. Gallery images of each species are provided by DRHW, as well as contributions from local and regional photographers (credits given). Reviewing these images is critical practice for your visit.

Also provided are links to the wonderful Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, which shows breeding distributions for select species. All of the migratory raptors counted at DRHW breed almost exclusively in Ontario with a lesser number originating in Quebec, and likely even fewer from Manitoba. One of the most interesting aspects of fall raptor migration is speculating on the origin of each bird and their habitat use and distribution during the breeding season. Although defining a specific region in Ontario for any individual bird is speculative, the Atlas provides the best information available on each species' known distribution and relative abundance throughout the Province.

If you wish to contribute images of raptors or non-raptors taken at the watch site to this website, please send an email to Greg Norwood at Greg_Norwood@fws.gov. We will upload the images to the appropriate Picassa gallery. Please provide (if possible), location, date, and your name so that we can give proper credit. Image courtesy of Greg Smith.

* - Species information courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds


Order: FALCONIFORMES Images Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario
Family: CATHARTIDAE
Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus
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Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
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Family: ACCIPITRIDAE
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
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Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus[Accidental]
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Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis [Casual]
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Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
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Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
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Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
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Cooper’s Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
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Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis
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Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
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Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus
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Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni
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Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensis
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Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis [Accidental]
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Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
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Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
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Family: FALCONIDAE


American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
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Merlin, Falco columbarius
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Gyrfalcon, Falco rusticolus
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Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
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Prairie Falcon, Falco mexicanus
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Non-raptor migration (photos of non-raptor rarities)

Detroit River Hawkwatch (People)
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