Category Archives: Raptor

Hovering Osprey

Two Osprey were flying over the Kiawah River while I was watching the Dolphins on Wednesday.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Osprey are expert hover / divers for fish in the water.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

I did not see either of them dive but did enjoy watching the display of their flying skills.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

In between stationery hovers they took advantage of the stiff breeze with seemingly effortless swooping.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Hi there!

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Twin Eagle Follow Up

On March 8th I walked by the nest featured in my March 3rd post:  It’s Twins, Eagles That Is!

I only saw one of the juveniles and didn’t spot an adult in the area. It’s a poor view and the lighting was bad. But it’s an Eagle!

Juvenile Eagle, March 8
Juvenile Eagle, March 8

On March 16th I went by and again only saw one juvenile. If anything, the lighting was worse. The trees around the pine are starting to leaf out making a clean view difficult.

Juvenile Eagle, March 16
Juvenile Eagle, March 16

One of the adults was perched on the other side of the nest. You can see the that the nest is big enough that the second juvenile could be there and not be seen.

Adult Bald Eagle on Nest
Adult Bald Eagle on Nest

 

Red-shouldered Hawk Hunting

I was hoping to find Wood Ducks in this pond but instead found a Red-shouldered Hawk looking for a meal.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree
Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree

He snatched a snack coated with vegetation out of the water.

Red-shouldered Hawk Hunting in Pond
Red-shouldered Hawk Hunting in Pond

Then got his balance.

Red-shouldered Hawk Hunting in Pond
Red-shouldered Hawk Hunting in Pond

Then flew to this Wood Duck box with something that might have been a crawfish.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating His Catch
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating His Catch

Red-shouldered Hawk Grooming

This Red-shouldered Hawk was having a grooming session right out in the open.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The RSHs frequently feed at the edge of the ponds which is probably how he got a wet chest.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

It was interesting seeing him from below, which was the only angle I could get.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

And his wing spread out.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He was intent on his personal care but I had no doubt he also knew every movement around the pond.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

It’s Twins, Eagles That Is!

I’ve been by this nest a few times this winter and not seen or heard any sign that it was occupied. I was quite surprised to see these two juvenile Bald Eagles peering out.

Juvenile Bald Eagles
Juvenile Bald Eagles

This is the nest from the other side. I’m guessing it is at least 50 feet (15 meters) off the ground.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

I was not aware that one of the adults was there until looking at this images at home. Just above center in the middle of this image you can see the wing and part of the adult Eagle head.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

Taken February 27, 2020

American Kestrel

Driving into Bear Island Wildlife Management Area I saw several American Kestrals on the electric line. This one stayed put long enough for me to get an image. The usual routine with these raptors is for them to shift down the wire seconds before you get them in focus.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

About an hour later, driving out of the refuge I spotted another one who obligingly flew into a fairly close tree. Unfortunately I didn’t realize there was a twig across his face until later but had taken a few images after he shifted a bit further from me. It’s not a sharp image but you get an idea of how petite they are as North America’s littlest falcon, per TheCornellLab’s All About Birds.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

February 29. 2020

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