a Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
hunting while migrating with several others

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Swainson's Hawks migrate between North and South America in flocks.
We watch for them near tractors mowing hay (which flush rodents, insects, and birds).
The following clips show an adult hovering over a field at the Austin Water Utility
Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant (Hornsby Bend for short).
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2 clips, several levels of resolution.  Seconds are playback durations (not download waits).  270p, 480p, 540p, 720p, and 1080p are lines of resolution.  MB (megabytes) is proportional to download waiting time.  The clips include camera settings and other information.
7 seconds270p0.5 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering
7 seconds480p1.9 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering
7 seconds720p3.4 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering
7 seconds1080p7.6 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering
25 seconds270p1.6 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering, diving, and landing
25 seconds540p6.3 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering, diving, and landing
25 seconds1080p11 MB Swainson's Hawk   hovering, diving, and landing

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