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Red Shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus


I had to do two postings of this bird because he was such a willing model. Beautiful red chest and fairly large bird. I tried to keep the deer out of the pictures as much as possible because it was in a state of deterioration and caked with mud and not a pleasant part of the picture, but I have to keep it real here. I had a hard time trying to figure which picture to use as the lead. He/she was a great model - not intimidated by me at all. These birds usually go after live prey. Not sure why this guy decided to dine on carrion. He/she looked healthy enough.

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KatCuff 6 years ago


AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

be proud Kat it's an amazing scene to watch,i would love to be that lucky :)

KatCuff 6 years ago

I was excited to be able to capture this beautiful raptor.

AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

great spotting thanks for sharing

KatCuff 6 years ago

Just added to 2 new missions.

KatCuff 6 years ago

Thanks Mary!

MaryEvans2 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting and series of photos

KatCuff 6 years ago

Thanks Williefromwi! I am always on the look out for any opportunity to take pictures and this is one I couldn't keep driving by without stopping.

williefromwi 6 years ago

Fantastic series, I am thrilled you were able to photograph and post it for all of us to see.

KatCuff 6 years ago


harsuame 6 years ago

Que mirada fantástico!!!

KatCuff 6 years ago

Thank you both! @east end & MarketaRysova

MarCAT 6 years ago

Great photos, very interesting background blur. Beautiful bird.

Great photos - not just this series, but all of them!

KatCuff 6 years ago

Thanks for the heads up Apple with that mission! I added him and his other spotting as well as the vultures that came back after he flew off that day. And Thanks Goody for the kind words.

Apple 6 years ago

Beautiful spot! Definitely a candidate for the Hunters mission at:

And the

Aaron_G 6 years ago

While not the subject of the spotting, I think the carcass plays a large role in it. Life happens and scavengers are there to help clean up. Great series!

KatCuff 6 years ago

I know the feeling Elsa. I don't get to see them often around here. That's why I stopped on the side of a 65 mph road and jumped out of my truck to see if I could get close enough for him to let me take his picture. Well okay his picture A LOT of times. :0)

Elsa 6 years ago

Fantastic! I really love raptors, wish I saw them more often here around my tracks.

KatCuff 6 years ago

Thanks ya'll! I tried to show him from all angles here.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Impressive Shots,

Atul 6 years ago

Superb series!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Fabulous series.

Austin, Texas, USA

Lat: 30.47, Long: -97.76

Spotted on Feb 13, 2012
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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