This massive raptor foot reference took forever to put together, but it's done now! Featuring accipitriformes, falconiformes and strigiformes, the first part is text and illustration; the second part is a compilation of my own photographs for you to use as reference. Check out the "reference" folder in my gallery for more raptor stuff.
Key to the photos:
Row 1, pictures 1-4: Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis
). This deceased individual was struck by a car; one of the talon sheaths was ripped off in the accident.
Row 2, pictures 1&2: same RTHA. Row 2, picture 3: adult RTHA.
Row 3, pictures 1-3: different adult RTHAs. Picture 4: young RTHA.
Row 4, picture 1: adult RTHA. Pictures 2-4: adult Swainson's Hawks (Buteo swainsoni
Row 5, pictures 2&3: adult Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus
). Picture 4: Taxidermy Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
Row 6, pictures 1&2: adult Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos
). Picture 3: taxidermy GOEA.
Row 7, picture 1: adult Golden Eagle. Pictures 2&3: Taxidermy Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Row 8, picture 1: taxidermy Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis
). Picture 2: adult FEHA. Picture 3: taxidermy Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus
). Picture 4: baby Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus
Row 9, picture 1: baby RSHA. Pictures 2&3: taxidermy White-Tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus
). Pictures 4&6: adult American Kestrel, killed by pesticide poisoning (Falco sparverius
Row 10, pictures 1-4: same AMKE. Pictures 5&6: adult Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus
Row 11, picture 1: adult AMKE. Picture 2: taxidermy Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus
). Picture 3: adult California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus
). Pictures 4: adult Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura
Row 12, pictures 1-3: adult TUVU.
Rows 13: adult Barn Owl (Tyto alba
), killed by collision with car. Check out a close-up of their pectinate talon, which is thought to be used in preening: [link]
Row 14, pictures 1-3: same Barn Owl. Picture 4: adult Barn Owl.
Row 15, picture 1: adult Barn Owl. Pictures 2&3: adult Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus
). Picture 4: adult Barred Owl (Strix varia
Rows 16&17: adult Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus
Row 18, picture 1: same GHOW. Pictures 2&3: Crowned Eagle, taken through fencing (Stephanoaetus coronatus
). Picture 4: Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus