Tag Archives: Hawk

Harris’ Hawk

The Harris’s Hawk can be found in the southwestern United States,  through arid regions of Central America and South America. They are one of a few birds of prey known to hunt cooperatively.

Harris’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk – Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 55-210 MM lens

This Harris’s Hawk was one of the birds that flew as part of the photography day presentation. It was fascinating to watch but my images weren’t great. I’ve included this one to show his beautiful brown and red colors.

Harris’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk

I had much better in flight shots when I participated in this event in November, 2016.

Harris’s Hawk,  Parabuteo unicinctus

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Red-shouldered Hawk Looking Around

Surveying his options this Red-shouldered Hawk deliberately checked in every direction.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He was pretty content to sit right there, watching and listening.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I walked down the path and took a shot from a different vantage point; his head and one foot had moved. His feet seem kind of delicate for a raptor.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

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01/16/2018

Courting Red-shouldered Hawks

I heard them long before I saw them while I was walking around one of the ponds near the swamp. They have a plaintive whistle that they tend to repeat over and over, and over. I finally spotted them in separate trees about 150 feet (45 meters) apart, casually watching each other. The path I was on went between them.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

A pair in this territory raised three chicks last season. I never saw the nest but after the chicks fledged I watched them on training runs through the trees several times.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

My path eventually took me closer to the hawk on my left and a slightly different angle.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk calling

These are more shots from a grey day in late December. It snowed here all day today basically leaving the greater Charleston area paralyzed so I’m revisiting some skipped images.

Red-tailed Hawk Downtown

We often walk through the cemetery at Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church when we are in the neighborhood. Filled with trees, it is welcoming to many birds which may be why a Red-tailed Hawk buzzed the area, cruising over my head. He never slowed and I watched his beautiful tail disappear over a wall headed towards Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

We headed that way too, wondering if he might be perched in a nearby tree. Even better, he was in clear view on the tile roof of one of the old French Quarter homes.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk against a harsh sky

I switched to my long lens and he stayed put while I angled around the front of the building, getting a few views of this temporary king of Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk — finally a view with the tail

Daily life went on below him: post-Irma trash pick up, street repairs, tourists bent on seeing every street but missing the details, a suited business man conducting his business on the phone in the street…nothing seemed to faze him.

Red-shouldered Hawk

We spotted three or four Red-shouldered Hawks today at the edge of the swamp today, mostly sitting in the sun and occasionally calling in their high-pitched whistle.

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This one spotted a snack, dropped down to the ground and came back with what appears to be a frog.

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He held the frog in his beak for over a minute and the photos don’t show any sign it was alive.

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He landed on stick that made for nice photos in the afternoon sun.

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I didn’t see the hawk actually eat the frog–he may have dropped it.

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If so, he didn’t seem concerned.

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