Of course, most people know this, but its always good for a reminder during the hawk migration season (even though its winding down in some areas). Many birds show pointed wings in certain poses, not just falcons. None of the birds above are falcons, (top photo) from upper left to lower left in clockwise order the birds are: Swainson's Hawk, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk. Of course, some Kites are very very falcon-like but lots of other species show pointed wings when gliding, flapping, or going away, these are just a few examples. The bottom photo of a Bald Eagle shows how "birds can change shape as they change postures."
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