Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk, First Light

The Red-shouldered Hawk that was sharing a snag with the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks blended right into the branch when he turned away from me.

Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The hawk opted to move on.

Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

These snags stand in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

3 thoughts on “Red-shouldered Hawk, First Light”

    1. No not at all concerned, and I think these ducks are way to big for this hawk. Now, if there had been juveniles around, that would be a different story!
      I just looked it up for curiosity: the weight of the Whistling duck is 23 to 36 ounces, and a Red-shouldered Hawk is only 18 to 27 ounces.

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