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Portrait Of A Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-Shouldered Hawk posed so nicely for me on a beautiful branch, so I managed to get this shot. I had been out photographing shorebirds by a wetlands pond, but the light was bad and so I was heading out, when on the other side of the path, there was this hawk hunting for breakfast.

From Cornell’s website: “Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water. It’s one of our most distinctively marked common hawks, with barred reddish-peachy underparts and a strongly banded tail. In flight, translucent crescents near the wingtips help to identify the species at a distance. These forest hawks hunt prey ranging from mice to frogs and snakes.”

Photo taken on April 17, 2018, near the coast of South Carolina.

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