I’ve Got My Eye on You!

A few days ago, when Missouri experienced a harsh winter storm, including snow and ice, I found this Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) sitting in an icy tree overlooking my driveway. He kept looking off to his left, right at my birdfeeders which are located on my covered, front porch. By the way, note the sharp thorns of the locust tree he is sitting in … one wrong move and those thorns will cause some great discomfort (I know from personal experience!):

Red-shouldered Hawk in tree

Red-shouldered Hawk in tree

Just 3 years ago, I would have not seen a Red-shouldered Hawk in our area. But I’ve noticed that a few are now living in our area. Until this time, I only saw these beauties when I traveled to Florida. But I am a bit concerned with them snatching birds at our feeders. I have seen him several times as he swoops down and flies very close to the feeders. But so far, I have not seen him catch anything.

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, through my bedroom window
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/640 sec. (top photo) and 1/3200 sec. (bottom photo)



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