Red-shouldered Hawk at Sunrise

There was a glorious sunrise this morning.  I was out the door to capture it cresting up over the hill from us.

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This morning’s sunrise

 

The weather report promised a beautiful day in the 60s.  I did a few quick chores and was back out to find who else was out so early this morning.

Within minutes, I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk perched, scanning its perimeter for breakfast.

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

Afraid I might see an attack on an unsuspected victim, I shot some photos hoping I got the glint in its eye and quickly moved on.

During the next 20 minutes from across our community, I would glance back at the hawk where it remained poised and focused.  It was so beautiful in the morning sunlight, even at a distance.

One more glance and suddenly the hawk dove out of sight, but quickly came back up empty talons (whew!).  It continued into flight….

Flying right over me and out of sight.

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

The hawk was the beginning of an awesome birding morning!

 

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