Header Image: Red-shouldered Hawk
We were quite fortunate yesterday to have the opportunity to observe an immature Red-shouldered Hawk as it scouted for, located and consumed a meal. The bird constantly scanned the ground beneath its perch and once it located its potential prey it acted swiftly.
It “fell” from the branch and instantly spread its impressive wings and tail for maximum braking power. As it landed, it pivoted with outstretched talons to seize its meal. It took a couple of minutes (possibly to be sure the prey was immobilized) but the young hawk retrieved a huge grub and consumed in it a few gulps.
Satisfied, the raptor prepared to take off, sprang into the air and headed to the nearby woods.
We don’t often have a chance to enjoy this entire sequence.
Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!