Welcome to day 359 of 365 photos…A hawk hunting was all I got for a photo today. I thought that I was going to have to go through my old photos for todays pick when I looked across the road and noticed a red-shouldered hawk hunting from the swing set. It was quite foggy out and he was very intent on watching the ground. I missed the swoop to the ground because I was fiddling with the camera but when he perched up there again, I could see that he had caught something. Hard to tell, but I think I see a tail so it is probably a mouse or mole. I like the color of the red on the hawk next to the red on the swing set. Note how the wind is ruffling his feathers. Photos are not the best. Another gray, rainy and yes, foggy day. Not a great day for #birding. Oh well, at least it wasn’t snow or ice.
Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 400mm – Aperture: f/6.3 – Shutter Speed: 1/160 second – ISO: 800
Did you know: “Red-shouldered Hawks eat mostly small mammals, lizards, snakes, and amphibians. They hunt from perches below the forest canopy or at the edge of a pond, sitting silently until they sight their prey below. Then they descend swiftly, gliding and snatching a vole or chipmunk off the forest floor. They also eat toads, snakes, and crayfish. They occasionally eat birds, sometimes from bird feeders; recorded prey include sparrows, starlings, and doves.” source: allaboutbirds.org
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