When you think of hawks, you imagine these strong and majestic birds soaring in the skies or even perched on a stout branch of a tall tree. Well, it may come as a surprise to some people, but hawks get hot and thirsty and dirty sometimes. When needing to cool-off from the hot Summer temperatures here in North-Central Florida, hawks sometimes will take a dip in the nearest pond or lake or stream.
I was pretty shocked to find a hawk (I can’t say which kind it is – likely a Red-shouldered Hawk) standing chest deep in the rainfall retention pond along-side the golf course near a main roadway here in our development. I usually see Ibis or Egrets in that spot but never a wading hawk. I took these pictures from the open window of my pick-up truck on July 20, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have an outstanding weekend!