Back in early 2009 I was wandering with some friends in a hammock at Myakka River State Park, Florida when we came across this Red-shouldered Hawk. We were looking for a rare Ruff that had been spotted at the park and though we dipped on that rarity we were all pleased to see this adult Red-shouldered Hawk perched above us on a lichen covered branch. The hawk ignored us for a few minutes and then took off for parts unknown.
A few days after I took this Red-shouldered Hawk image I went back to Myakka with a friend and fellow bird photographer and we located the Ruff and even though it was too far away to get high quality images we had a great time wandering around the trails through the woods.
Myakka River State Park is located about 9 miles east of Sarasota and along with the birds that inhabit the park other wildlife including alligators, armadillos, otters, raccoons and wild boars can bee seen. The first time I visited the park years and years ago I didn’t have such a great time because I wasn’t with the best of company. Years later when visiting the park on my own and with friends I enjoyed my visits there much more.
Life is good. It is even better when you share it with wonderful companions.