A leucistic animal is one that is missing some of the pigments, but not all pigments. Albinos are missing all pigments and have pink eyes - but the missing pigments are random in leucistic.
We first saw this leucistic Red Tail Hawk four years ago. It was not as close as this time and I didn't get very clear shots of it back then. Four years ago we saw it two weekends in a row and though we have driven out to that area and searched for it - have not seen it since - until early December.
Don turned down a road that we don't usually drive on - and there was the hawk - perched right by the road in a small tree. I have been asked for the directions to the area, but I hesitate to give the directions, as there are those who will foolishly hunt for the rare bird with the intent of killing it for a trophy. The less people that know about the bird, the better for the bird. So it is our secret.
I had almost given up hope of seeing the hawk again, figuring that perhaps it was more visible to predatory birds because of its coloring. We were so happy to see him again - and so glad he is still flying free and spending another winter with us.