Category Archives: Raptor

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 3

My third Red-shouldered Hawk sighting on Tuesday’s walk seemed less promising when I first spotted him in the distance.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I was on my way out and the path I was on crossed under his perch.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I got a close up view and then surprise!

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I was focused on the hawk when he took off without warning and was pleased with getting a lift off sequence.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 2

My second Red-shouldered Hawk sighting on Tuesday’s walk was further off the path, but with no leaves on the trees I had a clear view.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

This hawk was looking more put together than the bedraggled one from Sighting 1  and notice his tail is held tightly together.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The hawk was watching all around him, but with one foot up was pretty relaxed.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 1

On my walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens yesterday I came upon three separate Red-shouldered Hawks just waiting to be photographed. This first one was perched over a small pond, looking like he’d just been for a swim.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He’s got what looks like duck weed stuck to his chest.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He was sitting with his tail somewhat fanned out, showing of the stripe on the underside.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Some preening and fluffing up made him look more bedraggled, at least temporarily.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk at Magnolia Plantation took up a number of perches along the entry road, always showing me his same side.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The area he was watching is not running water but is always wet, likely home to some interesting lunches.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Every few minutes he moved 20 or 30 feet (6-8 Meters) and I did not see him try to catch anything.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 12/08/2019