Sunday, February 23, 2014

Red-Shouldered Hawks Mating

While working in the front yard, I suddenly heard the repeating frenetic call of a hawk. Looking up into the trees across the street, I saw a pair of hawks mating. Not having a camera to hand, I did not have catch any of the action but did get a shot of the female still perched in the tree shortly after the male left the scene. The shoulder patch is not as distinct as I had imagined but the courtship call was unmistakable. This is a new species on our list. Though I am sure we have seen them before, this is the first time I have confirmed the identification. Images taken with Canon 60D / EF 70-200mm f/4L.

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