The neighborhood Red-shouldered Hawk was spotted flying across the rainfall retention pond across the street from my home on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. I was outside with my camera and managed to walk close enough to where the bird perched to get some good photographs of the beautiful bird of prey.
This hawk must have just finished eating as it was not particularly upset by my presence about thirty feet away. I’m guessing that since the hawk lives in the trees among the homes here, it has seen people fairly often. I was quite still and took the pictures as quietly as possible. I then turned away and walked back to my home.
The Red-shouldered Hawk eats smaller animals, eggs, and large insects. We have jumbo insects, lizards, frogs, and many small animals around here to satisfy the appetite of the hawk. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image. Enjoy!