Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


I slowly approached a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk from behind while it intently scanned around the grounds below its perch.


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Red-shouldered Hawk (juvenile)


I circled to its left and was noticed.


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Red-shouldered Hawk (juvenile)


A closer look at the hawk as it focused on me.


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Red-shouldered Hawk close-up (juvenile)


Apparently I wasn’t a concern, as the Red-shouldered Hawk returned to watching the grounds below.

Getting comfortable enough to lift and rest a leg!Β  πŸ™‚


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Red-shouldered Hawk (juvenile)


What the Red-shouldered Hawk was hunting I didn’t stay to find out, but it was most likely a lizard.

I will say, the young hawk looked quite comfortable sitting there, making me think this was a successful hunting perch; and s/he was just waiting for the day’s next meal to come by.



53 thoughts on “Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

  1. He knows you are there watching but he’s not scared to see you. Most likely he’s used to see humans. He’s young too! Great shots, Donna. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ellen! I’m guessing s/he’s been there before. I could tell in my photos how the one side of the ball was ‘clean’ from tail sweeping. The other side still dirty with claw line marks. πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Donna,
    What beauty this juvenile red shouldered hawk is!
    In my biased human view, something about his expression shows a bit of apprehension or uncertainty…something all of us can and do relate to at various points in our lives. I wish for him a long and healthy life πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Takami! Don’t you just love a bird’s expression?! Sometimes the expression alone tells a story. πŸ™‚ Yes, I think s/he was watching the ground and bushes for a lizard. And ready to attack once the sighting happened. I left, I was afraid I’d see another little lizard lose the battle.

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