Saturday, October 02, 2010
Red-Shouldered Hawk Lift-off!
Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus, taking off from Eucalyptus tree after posing for photos for a a few minutes. Actually, there were two of these beautiful hawks fighting over that Eucalyptus tree, possibly because it overlooks the bird feeder (a.k.a. doves for dinner). While chasing each other, they flew low over the deck (maybe 10 feet from me) and then smacked head first into the neighbor's window (which hawks rarely do). He didn't look any worse for the wear and, ironically, as he flew off, the competing hawk returned to claim the tree! It made for great viewing.