Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

Red-shouldered Hawk Lunching, Part 1

I had been watching this Red-shouldered Hawk as he watched a low marshy area from a nearby branch. When he spotted lunch it was just a matter of seconds from branch to capture.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

I was fortunate that he landed in a sunny spot several feet below where I stood giving me a good view.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

He held his prey with both feet. When I developed the images I could see that lunch was a frog.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

He ate little bits at a time, tearing pieces off with his beak. He changed directions several times with little hops. I could hear several other Red-shouldered Hawks not too far off and there was a small flock of Ibis about 10 feet away.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

I doubt the Ibis would challenge a Hawk for a meal, but I’m sure other raptors would. After eating part of the frog the hawk re-arranged himself and his grip.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

A minute later he flew up into a nearby more protected tree, then flew down the pond to a higher vantage point.

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