Readers’ wildlife photos

My photo tank is still lower than I’d like it, so please send in your good wildlife photos. Thanks!

Today we have some lovely raptor photos by reader Paul Peed. His captions are indented.

These photos are from late Spring at T.M. Goodwin WMA, Brevard County, Florida In May of 2019.  I was able to observe a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) tend her nest and eventually fledge 2 young.

The female (Images also available at eBird and Instagram):

With one of her young:
One of the young allowed me to approach to 10 meters while the other would move to deeper cover if I approached to 20 meters.  This made it difficult to get a clear image of brother and sister. I am pushing the identification,  but from relative build I believe the hawk on the left is a male and the other is a female.

Rather shy.

Rather curious:

They fully fledged and left the general vicinity of the nest shortly after this final image:
I was never there when the male visited the nest but this individual was always in the vicinity (within 200 meters):

This is another candidate.  Always within 400 meters:

Nothing is as rewarding as being able to observe individuals over weeks and months and in very rare cases, years.

 

13 Comments

  1. mallardbrad
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Thank You!

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Handsome birds. Great shots.

  3. Terry Sheldon
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Lovely and informative. Thanks!!

  4. Charles Sawicki
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Nice photos!

  5. Posted July 29, 2019 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    This is great stuff; thanks, Paul!

  6. Debbie Coplan
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Wonderful!Thanks.

  7. Posted July 29, 2019 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Great pictures and documentation. Thank you.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    What a lovely raptor, and new to me. Thanks.

  9. Kenneth Averill
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Very nice! Thanks, Paul.

  10. Robert Knell
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I realise this might be a very stupid question, but how does one get in contact with some potential wildlife photos? Some of these might be suitable:

    https://flic.kr/s/aHskkA3UQJ

    • Posted July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      You send them to me (about ten at a time, along with a few notes and the binomial scientific name).

      If you click “research interests” at the upper right, it takes you to my email address, which is the one to use.

      Nice photos!

  11. Paul Techsupport
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Just a note: One of the young showed up July 4th approximately 4 kilometers from the nest site. A follow up image of him can be seen by clicking the eBird link at the top of the descriptions and scrolling down a bit. I always enjoy seeing individuals in new territories.

    Thanks for all the kind comments

    Paul Peed

  12. rickflick
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for these, Paul. It’s a fine observational study.


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