Monday, December 15, 2008
Today's featured species is the red-shouldered hawk. I was very fortunate to capture both these images. The top shot of the flier was taken at Green Cay. He was perched and 40 minutes of patient waiting paid off when he decided to fly from the tree (had my settings prepared) and was able to get this decent flight shot.
The second image was captured in Loxahachee NWR. I heard a red-shouldered hawk calling and went over to explore. When I got close, he flew up with some kind of snake in hand. I tracked him to a tree were he was starting to eat his meal. By the time I got to the tree and positoned myself for the best light and lock the tripod the hawk had already eaten the snake's head off. What you see is the upper portion of the snake above the branch and the remaining snake dangling below.