… any good shots?

“Hey man, you getting any good shots?” the bandanaed bicyclist said to this rucksack-wearing, Nikon-ready hiker.
“I’m trying,” I said back, but two miles into the park I hadn’t yet seen anything to document.
And for the next hour I didn’t see anything either. The hardwoods were flooded, the air muggy, and it was quiet at Myakka River State Park. It’s alright, I told myself; You don’t always have to get photos.
I hiked on, and then I saw it — no more than twenty feet ahead, patiently perched above the forest’s flooded waters, this handsome red-shouldered hawk. DSC_0166

I took two captures and circled around the hawk.DSC_0170

He gave a piercing warning call, but I was happy to see when I looked back that I didn’t startle him from his good perch.

In 2011, I wrote about another Buteo lineatus extimus, and how there is always at least one surprise of the hike.

3 Comments so far

  1. Anna on July 23rd, 2013

    Did you take that photo that is awesome. I would have never guessed what a beautiful bird a hawk could be.

  2. Nature in the Burbs on July 23rd, 2013

    Nice capture, patience pays off!

  3. Roger Real Drouin on July 23rd, 2013

    Thanks @anna @Nature in the Burds!

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