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On the Lookout
04-JAN-2016 Vern Rogers (fotabug fotos)

On the Lookout

It seems that a Red-shouldered Hawk is hanging around Delta Ponds a lot lately. Not surprising because it is the type of habitat they prefer. They will sit on perches like the one in this photo, 'watching for prey below the forest canopy or at the edge of a pond, sitting silently until they sight their prey below.' (All About Birds) Delta Ponds makes a perfect environment for them.

According to The Cornell Lab of Orthinology All About Birds - "Red-shouldered Hawks are forest raptors. They tend to live in stands with an open sub canopy, which makes it easier for them to hunt. They are not exclusively birds of deep forest, though; you’ll find Red-shouldered Hawks in some suburban areas where houses or other buildings are mixed into woodlands. In the West, they live in riparian and oak woodlands, and also in eucalyptus groves and some residential areas." - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/lifehistory

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Julie Oldfield09-Jan-2016 17:45
That is superb! V
Paul Milholland08-Jan-2016 03:22
Was he cracking his left knuckle to help pass the time? ;-)
NealyBob07-Jan-2016 06:27
Excellent shot of this beautiful hawk~!V
Hank Vander Velde06-Jan-2016 03:31
Beautiful sharp image Vern.
Kuriacose Joseph06-Jan-2016 02:36
Crystal clear shot!
Larry Umthun06-Jan-2016 02:17
Excellent perch!
Carol Rollins06-Jan-2016 01:50
Wonderful sighting and capture Vern!!
Steve Thuman06-Jan-2016 01:17
Excellent exposure. Did you use EC?
Buz Kiefer05-Jan-2016 19:14
Beautiful capture of this majestic predator. Great photo, Vern. Vote.
John Shen Photography05-Jan-2016 18:30
Wow, super capture of this beautiful hawk! :)
Laura Milholland05-Jan-2016 18:29
Such a fine shot of him, Vern. A real delight to get such a marvelously clear photo of this lovely bird.
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS05-Jan-2016 17:25
That is a great shot of him, this may in fact be the same bird I saw the other day there. V
Walter Otto Koenig05-Jan-2016 17:20
Great shot of this impressive raptor. Really like the markings in the plumage. "V"
parrothouse05-Jan-2016 16:41
They are impressive hunters.
Roger Bailey05-Jan-2016 16:29
Looks like it is sizing up its next meal.
Ed Duverger05-Jan-2016 15:57
What a hunter.
Lise De Serres05-Jan-2016 15:37
Beautifully captured!!
Jack Hoying05-Jan-2016 15:19
What a great find!
Jim Coffman05-Jan-2016 14:14
A superb image of this beauty!!
Ruth Voorhis05-Jan-2016 14:10
Excellent shot, sharp and well composed. V
Jeannie05-Jan-2016 14:06
Lovely capture, Vern

Jeannie
Clarence King05-Jan-2016 13:29
Very sharp fine capture. v
Claude Gagnon05-Jan-2016 13:26
Beautiful shot of this nice Hawk :))
Graham 05-Jan-2016 12:58
An exceptional good capture with excellent clarity in all of its essential details.
joseantonio05-Jan-2016 10:41
lovely and sharp details.V.
Yvonne05-Jan-2016 10:10
Superb image Vern! v
Anna & Christian RECK05-Jan-2016 09:02
What a beautiful and lucky capture! BV. Anna
Helen Betts05-Jan-2016 07:51
Very sharp capture of this beautiful bird, who appears to be looking for a meal.
J Ponces05-Jan-2016 07:32
Fabulous Bird and photo! BV
Rebecca Leberman 05-Jan-2016 07:16
Stunning shot! I like the way he is holding his talon up.
Bea.05-Jan-2016 06:31
A perfect perch when hunting for a meal, striking looking bird.
Richard Glenn05-Jan-2016 06:26
Very nice shot Vern, very aptly titled. V
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