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Stop The Car, I See A Hawk

I see it!

What Ellen sees at first:

Red-Shouldered Hawk

What Ted sees at first and I saw after circling to get a better view:

Red Shoulder Hawk
Red-Shouldered Hawk

The big picture, taken when I first got out of the car, liking the tree but still not noticing the Hawk on the left:

Red Shoulder Hawk
Red-Shouldered Hawk Pair

I expected the Hawk would be long gone before I got any closer.

Good bye!

Red-Shouldered Hawk Flying Away

Red-shouldered Hawk

Perched over a boggy area at the edge of the swamp this Red-shouldered Hawk had just swooped in and seemed on high alert, probably looking for a meal.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He spent a few minutes here studying the area then moved on without even trying to catch lunch.

Check out his talons, curved around that branch. This is how they squeeze their meals. (Turtle, It’s What’s For Lunch)

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Turtle, It’s What’s For Lunch

I saw this Red-shouldered Hawk standing on the ground at the side of a pond and approached slowly. Other times I’ve seen them do this the bird was squeezing his next meal, but I didn’t see any food here.

Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle
Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle

Afterwards, when I zoomed in on what I thought was a tree root or Cypress knee, it turned out to be a turtle standing on its end.

Who knew a Red-shouldered Hawk could lift so much?He didn’t struggle at all and disappeared into the woods with his catch

Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle
Red-shouldered Hawk with Turtle

I don’t know what made the hawk take off; I was standing still and the only human in view.

These were taken with the Sony Alpha 6500 which uses an electronic viewfinder, not the best arrangement for images of birds in flight due to the lag time.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 55-210 mm, at 210 mm.

Red-shouldered Hawk

There are a number of Red-shouldered Hawks around the swamps I frequent.  I often hear them call, and this day I finally spotted one on an open branch. I thought he was about to fly after displaying the rousing behavior.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Instead he settled in and called some more. I’ve observed Red-shouldered Hawks make a lot of noise like this before when they appear to be hunting, as contrary as it seems. All potential prey should be driven into hiding.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I moved to a vantage point on a perpendicular trail just in time to see him fly off.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He didn’t go far and continued his calling.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk Portrait

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a Red-shouldered Hawk up close. He was on a tree branch next to the main path around my favorite pond and there were no sticks in front of his face! Ted and I were walking together and didn’t see the Hawk until we were quite close.

Red-shouldered HawkRed-shouldered Hawk – click image for larger view

The Hawk was unconcerned about our presence and after taking a few shots I continued on my way, turned back and got a profile head shot. It’s not much of a photograph with no background, but I thought it was interesting to see the feather and head detail.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk – click image for larger view

1/31/2018