Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden - Click To Enlarge

Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden

These are the most common raptor we see lately. However, I was not prepared for this one.

Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden - Click To Enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden – Click To Enlarge

The grounds here are very open, manicured, and planted with a huge assortment of flowers. Yet I don’t see many small mammals or birds. They seemed to be only at a retention pond.

Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden - Click To Enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden – Click To Enlarge

Which of course was exactly the spot to find a hawk. A case of not paying attention.

Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden - Click To Enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden – Click To Enlarge

Good news for me I did have a sized 70-300 in my bag so I quickly swapped lens and took a few fast shots.

Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden - Click To Enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk Near Old Garden – Click To Enlarge

The best chance I completely missed when he dropped to the ground 20 feet from me (a bush in between).

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