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Galapagos Hawk

Buteo galapagoensis


This is one of the rarest hawks on earth. It is endemic to Galapagos. This juvenile bird was phtographed in the highlands of Santa Cruz, one of the islands where this species became extinct decades ago, - which shows that re-colonization from neighboring islands is possible.




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43 Comments (1–25)

JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

I would be truly honored if you would consider adding this excellent spotting to the mission for the Birds of Ecuador:

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago


Toucan 9 years ago

Great shot, congratulations!

patty 9 years ago

Amazing hawk and picture! =)

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 10 years ago

Great spotting, congratulations.

Liam 10 years ago

Great photo and spotting! Well-deserved SOTD!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome!!! Great bird and congrats!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Great photo! Congratulations!

JamesHudson 10 years ago

stunning picture

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Incredible..Best shots!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congratulations! this bird really deserve it!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Fantastic pose of wings...

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Amazing! Congratulations!!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

How beautiful. Congrats!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations on this well deserved SotD !

remco.douma 10 years ago

Wow. Very nice, and congrats!

peter 10 years ago

Congratulations! We've chosen this incredible photo as spotting of the day to commemorate our partnership!


"The Galapagos Hawk is one of the rarest hawks on earth. This juvenile bird was photographed in the highlands of Santa Cruz, one of the islands where this species became extinct decades ago - which shows that re-colonization from neighboring islands is possible."

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow great shot !

Phil_S 10 years ago

Fabulous spotting!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Wonderful spotting! We are very glad to have you here!

Thank you all for your kind comments; I am forwarding them all to Nadine Kramer who actually took the picture! If you want to know more about the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation follow us on

KarenL 10 years ago

Wonderful capture!
Welcome to the community Peter!

harsuame 10 years ago

Fantástico:: bella imagen

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago


Parroquia Santa Rosa, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Mar 1, 2009
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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