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Georgia on My Blog: Stopping for a Red-Shouldered Hawk

April 18, 2014

Stopping for birds and wildlife is an art that needs perfecting. My brother, for instance, does not stop (admittedly on busy highways) so that his sister can photograph a very large snapping turtle crossing the road or a group of Black Vultures gathered to inspect something no doubt worth exploring. However, when we were leaving Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, my sister-in-law spotted a bird at the side of the road and shouted “stop!”. And he did. Lucky for me – it was the first Red-shouldered Hawk that I have ever seen – or photographed. The bird was intent on watching something in the ditch. I did not see what the hawk was hunting, but I did get to see and photograph a beautiful hawk.

As I said, stopping to watch wildlife is a little appreciated art. By some people… Thanks for stopping Ken and good spotting Lenna!

A Red-shouldered Hawk at Okefenokee NWR

A Red-shouldered Hawk at Okefenokee NWR

A Red-shouldered Hawk hunting at the side of the road

A Red-shouldered Hawk hunting at the side of the road

all photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2014.

2 Comments
  1. That is really lucky that you saw it and stopped and got a shot.! Plus, you got some great shots from it!

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