Hawks are amazing birds. Perched high in the tree tops always watching for for thier next meal, I usually am delighted to see a hawk. Lately there has been a pair of Red-shouldered hawks in my neighborhood, making appearances a few times a day. I usually only see one at a time, but know the other is near thanks to it’s shrill call.
Remember when I said that I am usually delighted to see hawks? Do you also recall that I have an entire neighborhood of squirrels that I feed in my backyard? Per the “circle of life” it seems that my furry squirrel buddies are quite the desirable meal for a hawk. As far as I know there aren’t any squirrels missing, but they don’t exactly check in regularly. This Red-shouldered Hawk was photographed at the Homossassa Springs Wildlife State Park, not stalking any squirrels.
Red-shouldered Hawks are pretty common in Florida. Often seen perched high above in search of prey, they are considered medium sized hawks and are relatively easy to spot if you are looking for them. This hawk was photographed at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park which offers the opportunity to see native Florida wildlife up close. As I’ve previously mentioned, the park also serves as a rehabilitation center for injured animals. Most of the birds of prey that live at the park, including this red-shouldered hawk, are unable to return to the wild and serve as ambassadors for their species. As I was taking photos, this hawk honed in on the sound of my shutter and thanks to it’s interest, I got it’s undivided attention for a few minutes.