This medium-sized raptor perched on a tree and rather patiently modeled for me. It adopted a one-legged posture, "rete mirabile," to prevent heat loss.
Seen next to the marsh in Crystal River Preserve State Park, an estuarine area inhabited by otters, sandhill cranes and other wading birds, and many types of fish. It is considered a resident species in Florida.
I'm unsure of the subspecies (but B. l. alleni is in range). I saw this hawk 2 years ago, to the day!
Lat: 28.95, Long: -82.63
Spotted on Dec 18, 2017
Submitted on Mar 18, 2019
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