BPW: Red-shouldered Hawk

Here’s another Viera bird. During our first visit we heard a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk calling, over and over. The next day I watched an adult polishing off a meal on a post at the back of the wetlands.

RSHA

RSHA

RSHA

More photos of this bird at my Flickr stream here.

When the meal was done, the bird joined another RSHA in a tree further from the road.

RSHA

Later we saw this RSHA perched over the wetlands.

RSHA

RSHA

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More photos of this bird at my Flickr stream here.

Red-shouldered Hawks range where we live but I have never seen one around here before. With so many of the birds at Viera and in Florida in general, you can get such good looks. The birds seem so much more relaxed and approachable. It was great to see these hawks at the wetlands. This was not a lifer but among our best looks at this bird (besides a couple of other times – in FL of course!).

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9 Responses to BPW: Red-shouldered Hawk

  1. I really wanted to see one when we were last in Florida (the Florida subspecies is so much paler than ours), but we never saw one.
    What was it eating?

  2. Wren says:

    We saw lots of raptors driving to and from the in-laws this weekend, but not RSHA. Great photos, Amy – lots of detail and very clear.

  3. Amy says:

    Susan – I couldn’t tell what it was eating. The bird was nearly done when I first saw it so there wasn’t much there to identify.

    Wren – thanks for the kind words. The point and shoot does okay when the birds are so close. 🙂

  4. Eileen says:

    Cool shots and sighting of the Red Shouldered Hawk. He is enjoying his meal.

  5. bob k says:

    Wow! Great timing on getting the hawk feeding. We missed this when we were at Viera early this year.

  6. Neil says:

    The photos and video are great.

  7. Mick says:

    A great series of photos. I especially like the third one with the bird lifting its head and looking ahead.

  8. Larry Jordan says:

    Super shots of the Red-shouldered Hawks Amy! I love the close-up.

    My guess is that the two birds in the tree together are a pair. It’s about that time of year when they begin to court and get ready for the upcoming mating season.

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