Sherry Icardi  

Immature Red Shouldered Hawk by Sherry Icardi

October 2021 - Immature Red Shouldered Hawk

About the Image(s)

Walking through one of our NWR last week I came across this Red Shouldered Hawk casually strolling along one of the levees. At first I thought he was injured but then he took off and flew away. Very unusual behavior for a hawk, they are usually high in the tree looking for their next meal. After I got home I looked it up on Merlin Bird ID and verified what I immature hawk. Its breast feathers were still pretty white which was my clue. I stayed relatively far away so as not to scare him and I got to walk the entire levee and watch him. But he gave me some great images with lots of detail.

Taken with my Sony 7rIV and FE 100-400 lens and a 1.4 Teleconverter at 560mm
1/2000 sec
ISO 640

Post processed in Lightroom with cropping and basic color adjustments.

3 comments posted

Christine Walas   Christine Walas
Sherry, This is an absolutely beautiful photograph!
  Posted: 10/02/2021 21:43:16

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Sherry, Beautiful photograph! I have seen a lot of red shouldered hawks in my area this season but they are usually in the high tree tops. Love photographing these birds.
  Posted: 10/13/2021 11:54:42

Mark Diaz   Mark Diaz
Sherry, Sharp image with a lot of detail. I can see water droplets coming of the wings. Maybe the hawk is taking a quick bath?   Posted: 10/15/2021 20:09:00


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