I noticed this well camouflaged Red-shouldered Hawk perched in a tangle of crepe myrtle branches. Then I realized it was the flitting of the Mocking Bird that had caught my eye.
Red-shouldered Hawk and Mocking Bird
The Mocking Bird passed in front of the hawk undisturbed and went on his way.
It was late afternoon and I thought maybe the hawk wasn’t in feeding mode, but then he dropped to the ground. He immediately mantled over some prey, covering it from other potential predators.
That prey either escaped or was very tiny, consumed in one bite.
The hawk flew to another crepe myrtle and continued to watch the ground.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 3, 2022
Red-shouldered Hawk ID confirmed with Merlin Bird ID app.
I finally spotted the Osprey that had been calling, plaintively, for several minutes. By the time I raised my camera he had ducked down. The nest alone made an artsy silhouette on this grey day.
Osprey Nest – Canon 18-200mm
The Osprey is probably a juvenile, calling for a parent and hoping to get fed from the sound. An hour or so later he flew some laps around the area, and paused in this tree.
Osprey – Tamron 180mm Macro
Then the sun came out and I saw the nest from a different angle, well placed in swamp.
Swamp, Cypress Gardens
August 26, 2022
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC
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
The hawk opted to move on.
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.
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
This pine tree serves as a frequent perch for Bald Eagles as they survey the pond below, looking for a meal. The tree dwarfs the raptor and depending on which branch they choose not easy to spot until they fly.
Pine Tree with Bald Eagle
He didn’t move much between my taking this image and the one in my April 6th
Barred Owl post, with just his facial disc angled slightly more. They were both so nice I developed a B&W version of this one.
Barred Owl, Black and White
Portrait of a Barred Owl holding his frog catch.
Barred Owl with Frog and Reflection