Friday, October 21, 2011

Red-Shouldered Hawk

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Red-Shouldered Hawk
Red-Shouldered Hawks are extremely common in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River, as well as in California.  They're beautiful birds.  They can be distinguished from Red-Tailed Hawks by their smaller size and black and white banding on the tail.  Red-Shouldered Hawks also typically have a rufous mark on their shoulders (hence the name).  One thing I love about them is they seem unafraid to hunt when I'm near by.  I've seen them catch frogs, snakes, and even squirrels.    And they have a lovely call that alerts me to their presence so I can go find them and photograph them.  When perched, tt seems to me that they often call right before they fly, so I can be ready to catch them in flight.

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Red-Shouldered Hawk
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