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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

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

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 2

My second Red-shouldered Hawk sighting on Tuesday’s walk was further off the path, but with no leaves on the trees I had a clear view.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

This hawk was looking more put together than the bedraggled one from Sighting 1  and notice his tail is held tightly together.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The hawk was watching all around him, but with one foot up was pretty relaxed.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 1

On my walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens yesterday I came upon three separate Red-shouldered Hawks just waiting to be photographed. This first one was perched over a small pond, looking like he’d just been for a swim.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He’s got what looks like duck weed stuck to his chest.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He was sitting with his tail somewhat fanned out, showing of the stripe on the underside.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Some preening and fluffing up made him look more bedraggled, at least temporarily.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk