Close Encounter with a Red-shouldered Hawk

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Just cruising around Everglades City in my birding mobile 😎.  In front of me without warning, a Red-shouldered Hawk crossed my path within feet at eye level.  I slammed on the brakes, grabbed my camera, and got this full frame shot of it already landed on the tree to my left.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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With our sudden close proximity, the hawk shifted to another branch that had some shading.Β  I backed up slowly, then pulled forward left to better my angle, plus get a little closer.Β  I was so glad to get rid of that harsh afternoon sun!

It was breezy, so I shot a series to try to get the hawk with as little or no sunlight on it from the shading of moving branches.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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The hawk was so cooperative, I couldn’t believe it.Β  I was still worried with the lighting, so I backed up slowly again and pulled forward more left and was now sitting face to face, shooting through my golf cart’s opened front window.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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“Kissed by the Sun”

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And with those last shots, I expressed my thanks, backed up slowly, and U-turned away, leaving the hawk to its mission…..and probably wondering, what the heck was that?!Β  😊

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78 thoughts on “Close Encounter with a Red-shouldered Hawk

  1. Those are fabulous close-ups, Donna. The North of USA is so cold that more birds must be deciding to leave and migrate. Take care! πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful bird! Great photos Donna, I really love the detail in the close ups of the hawk’s face, absolutely stunning, fantastic captures.

    • I prefer to walk the preserves, but here where we’re camping is a remote small fishing town (one road in/out,population 500) with no traffic. Not even a commercial chain store! So I like to boogie around and ride alongside the river to enjoy the weather for a change of pace. If a bird appears, it makes the golf cart ride that much nicer! (i.e., hummingbirds!) I’ve met a lot of nice people too, everyone loves my Margaritaville golf cart. πŸ˜‰

  3. woo-hoo! What glorious photos of the red-shouldered hawk, Donna. I enjoyed hearing about your adventure and what a treat to see such intimate details of the hawk.

  4. Wow!!! These pictures are amazing, Donna! What a majestic bird, and he couldn’t have picked a better place to perch. You captured so much detail and I love the close-ups. I’ve never seen one in the wild before but there’s a rescued one at our nature center.

  5. Wow, Donna, simply fantastic! What a beautiful bird – and what a great opportunity. Thank you so much for these incredible photographs. πŸ™‚

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