A Red-shouldered Hawk Surveying Fort De Soto’s North Beach

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Perched Red-shouldered HawkPerched Red-shouldered Hawk – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

When I lived in Florida I saw far more Red-shouldered Hawks than Red-tailed Hawks but I didn’t often see them on the shore of Gulf Mexico. This Red-shouldered Hawk was just a few feet away from a tidal lagoon and just yards away from the Gulf when I photographed it in November of 2008. The sky was clear and the light was lovely.

I had been photographing a Great Blue Heron when I noticed the Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a bleached out snag and watched as it surveyed the beach around it. I slowly raised my camera and took about 40 frames of the Red-shouldered Hawk before it lifted off and flew towards Arrowhead Trail.

I didn’t expect to find a Red-shouldered Hawk while I wandered the north beach that morning but I sure loved the wonderful surprise.

Life is good.



  1. Patty Chadwick February 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Who is that smaller post flipping the bird at???

    • Elephant's Child February 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      I wondered that too Patty.
      Not at the hawk anyway…

  2. Utahbooklover February 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    A wonderful image and a beautiful setting in your description of the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. When I once visited Panama City (in the panhandle) in 1964, I was amazed by the white sand and clear water revealing Sand-dollars on the bottom.

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