Red-shouldered Hawk

Courting Red-shouldered Hawks

I heard them long before I saw them while I was walking around one of the ponds near the swamp. They have a plaintive whistle that they tend to repeat over and over, and over. I finally spotted them in separate trees about 150 feet (45 meters) apart, casually watching each other. The path I was on went between them.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

A pair in this territory raised three chicks last season. I never saw the nest but after the chicks fledged I watched them on training runs through the trees several times.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

My path eventually took me closer to the hawk on my left and a slightly different angle.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk calling

These are more shots from a grey day in late December. It snowed here all day today basically leaving the greater Charleston area paralyzed so I’m revisiting some skipped images.

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    1. The young ones did a lot of calling back and forth to each other or one of the adults so it was easy to follow their path through the tree tops. At first I thought they were in distress but figured out they were just learning.

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