Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
RIM Park, Waterloo, ON
17 May 2014
Many species in the genus Buteo are highly variable in plumage, perhaps none more so that the Red-tailed Hawk, commonly found throughout North America in plumages as dark as that found in Harlan's Hawk, to the ghostly pale colouration of the desert-dwelling Krider's Hawk.
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo also presents substantial colour variation - for excellent pictures of a variety of plumages of this species see Noushka's excellent blog 1,000 Pattes.
This pale morph Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched in a tree quietly surveying its surrounding.