Red-shouldered Hawk in flightRed-shouldered Hawk in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light, not baited

This Red-shouldered Hawk photo was taken in Florida in November of 2008 just after the hawk lifted off from an old snag near a Great Blue Heron I had been photographing. This image shows the “red shoulders” very nicely. I wouldn’t have expected to find a Red-shouldered Hawk at the tip of the north beach of Fort De Soto  near the sand dunes because it isn’t the kind of habitat I normally saw them in but it goes to show that keeping your eyes open for the unexpected can pay off.