Red-shouldered Hawk Ballet For Skywatch Friday

by Larry Jordan on May 28, 2009

Red-shouldered Hawk Waving photos by Larry Jordan

I’m on my way to work last week and I see a rather large bird sitting on a wire.  As I’m traveling rather fast, I can’t identify the bird, so I turn around and slowly drive by to a safe place to turn around and get a better look.  It’s a Red-shouldered Hawk waving at me!  Well, she wasn’t really waving at me, she was doing a ballet on the high wire.

Well, ok, she was turning around on the wire, but it looked like a ballet to me.

She flew off and I missed getting a decent shot of that but as I continued on to work, around the next turn was, I believe, possibly her mate sitting on a wire.  It could be the same bird, I’m not sure.

But either way, this bird is closer and in better light and I did get a shot of it when it took off in beautiful flight.

I’m not certain but this could be the pair of Red-shouldered Hawks that I was able to watch nesting last season.  You can read all about them and see photos of the chicks here.  You should also check out all the other great sky photos from around the world at Skywatch Friday!

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Guy D May 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

Excellent shots, I can’t decide which one I like the most.

Have a great weekend.
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Rob Ripma May 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Awesome series of shots! Red-shouldered Hawks are amazing birds!


bARE-eYED sUN May 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

good series, ya lucked out. thanks for sharing these shots. 🙂



foto CHIP May 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Wonderful pictures of the hawk! No cold feet there 🙂


Arija May 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

When was the last time you were at a circus? That’s a high-wire act if ever I saw one!
Great captures.

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QuantumTiger May 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Very nice indeed


Kim May 30, 2009 at 12:27 am

Great shots Larry!! I have never seen a Red-shouldered Hawk before so I have to get my fix through you! Such magnificent creatures.

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MaineBirder May 30, 2009 at 5:41 am

Excellent series Larry! It does remind one of a ballet on a tightrope.

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Sarah in Plano June 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

Beautiful photos. Absolutely great 🙂 I am a Plano Realtor and am on the road all the time. I just saw a hawk yesterday & it was the most beautiful creature, just gliding in the air. Looking forward to seeing more from you. 🙂

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jo jones February 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

beautiful!!!!…we just watched a pair of red shouldered hawks mating in a tree in our backyard…what kind of camera do you have?


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