It has been pointed out that in some of the frame captures, the bird appears to have a bold malar when it takes off. Having been right under the bird, I am confident that this is an artifact of the shadow created by the bird's beak and head with the sun behind it. This is not visible in the earlier frames while the bird is facing me as I am approaching, when it has a much fainter malar on the side facing the sun. When it flies, the dark primary tips and high contrast between the primaries (with dark tips) and the underwing coverts should be obvious and shows repeatedly on both wings at different frozen angles. Then there is the broad hawk-like wing shape and rounded wing tips that is also clear as it flies away.
Lee Cain Astoria
On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM, Lee Cain <lcain...> wrote:
> At about 11:41 am today I was out for a run on the dike near Warrenton, > near the mouth of the Skipanon River. A dark phase GYRFALCON was perched in > the alder that is in the frame captures and video (taken with a iPhone 6 w/ > no aids) at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UoTNI9zl4YbNlQbo1 > > The video can be advanced to about 52 sec when the gyr takes flight. > -- > Lee Cain > Astoria >