Monday, January 10, 2011

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Red-shouldered Hawk Juvenile

I'm back!  Man it feels like forever since I posted.  It's been busy and slow at the same time at the landfill.  Busy because of all the starlings and slow because it seems every bird that isn't a starling has gone somewhere else!  I have had a hard time coming across many songbirds, really not even seeing Northern Cardinals or Carolina Chickadees out there.  I think the summer heat along with the fall drought has really done a number on the food sources the birds eat.  Apparently the rodents haven't suffered the same judging on the number of hawks out at the landfill.  Found this juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk that has been hanging out in the wetlands for the last few weeks.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

These next two pictures show the characteristic crescent on the end of the wing of Red-shouldered Hawk.  This can often be used to identified soaring Red-shouldered Hawks as the sun often shines through the feathers and makes the crescent more obvious. 

 Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

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11 comments:

Martha Z said...

Wonderful shots, I love to photograph raptors but never get such sharp shots.

The Early Birder said...

Good to see you back Ryan. Excellent images of the hawk.

A lot of our birds are also hiding away from the cold weather at the moment. Cheers FAB.

holdingmoments said...

Excellent captures of a stunning bird.

mick said...

Great photos of the Hawk with very interesting plumage details.

theconstantwalker said...

Brilliantimages of a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing.

Springman said...

Brilliant shots Ryan! I have been seeing plenty of hawks myself and it sure is a challenge to get pictures especially in flight. They like to fly away from me instead of showing themselves so beautiful as yours has. You are on your A game! ;-)WBW

Dixxe said...

What great feather detail, awesome images...and that is a great tip on the cresent shape for ID purposes...

EmptyNester said...

Holy Cow! Excellent shots!

Sally in WA said...

Awesome shots, especially in flight.

Funny - I have to share my word verification. It was isally. Yes, I am Sally. How appropriate!

Jean said...

Very awesome flight shots!!!
I have been seeing more hawks than years past.

Larry said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots of my favorite buteo Ryan. The Red-shouldered Hawk has been my favorite ever since I followed a pair nesting and got to see their young fledge. The last two shots of the bird in flight and lighting on the branch are fantastic.

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