Story Behind the Photo: Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawks are pretty common in Florida. Often seen perched high above in search of prey, they are considered medium sized hawks and are relatively easy to spot if you are looking for them. This hawk was photographed at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park which offers the opportunity to see native Florida wildlife up close. As I’ve previously mentioned, the park also serves as a rehabilitation center for injured animals. Most of the birds of prey that live at the park, including this red-shouldered hawk, are unable to return to the wild and serve as ambassadors for their species. As I was taking photos, this hawk honed in on the sound of my shutter and thanks to it’s interest, I got it’s undivided attention for a few minutes.