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