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Red-Shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus


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!

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a month ago

Thanks for your comment, Tukup. I agree! You’re fortunate to be surrounded by nature, birds of prey and all.

Tukup a month ago

I love the majesty of birds of prey, probably even more than the beauty of other birds. Fortunately, I don't have to choose between the two :-) Thanks Mauna. Nice series.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a month ago

Thank you, Roy!

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a month ago

Great shot....

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.95, Long: -82.63

Spotted on Dec 18, 2017
Submitted on Mar 18, 2019

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