Tag Archives: Raptors

Red-shouldered Hawk, Early Morning

Ted and I took a stupendous boat tour at Okefenokee Swamp a few days ago.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk was the first bird of the day, shortly after sun rise.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He looks a little tattered, but he had no trouble with his flight skills.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000-acre, peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida line in the United States. A majority of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness.

Barred Owl, Two Views

I’m reasonably sure that these two images are of the same Barred Owl. I first spotted him in a little glen  where I have previously seen a pair. It was late afternoon and as the sun got lower the light filtered through a gap in the trees behind me.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

After a bit the Owl flew towards a small pond and I continued my walk. As I suspected the Owl didn’t go far, or his mate was here the whole time.  The trees were much denser and it was darker here, but still a nice view of a beautiful bird.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawks around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are pretty tolerant of people passing by.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Rear View
Red-shouldered Hawk – Rear View

With human foot traffic mostly limited to paths due to the various ponds and swamps the raptors have a lot of space that is just theirs.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Front View
Red-shouldered Hawk – Front View

This one took off over a swamp with a “I’m traveling” flap of his wings, not “I’m going for prey” dive giving me a nice level view.

Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight
Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight

The best thing about winter is leaf-less limbs, that often can be in the image without obscuring a passing bird.

Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight
Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight