Taking advantage of clearing skies last evening I headed to the wetlands concealing myself in hopes of close-up waterfowl encounters. The waterfowl eluded me but during my wait this Red-shouldered Hawk suddenly swooped into view. Landing in a low growing tree it was obvious that the hawk was hunting. During the time it spent there I watched it swoop down twice and each time staying out of sight on the ground for a few minutes. The second time it reappeared it still had feathers in its beak so I must assume that some hapless song bird had become dinner.
Keeping the camera trained upon the hawk I was ready for the take-off when it came
Shooting continuous rapid fire I managed two decent shots before the bird moved completely out of focus.
These shots are not as sharp as I would prefer but the distance was quite long for my 400mm lens and the images you see here are heavily cropped. Certainly not portrait quality images but they are a great reminder of a wonderful outdoor experience watching the Red-shouldered Hawk successfully hunt.