With some small physiological changes, like more powerful talons, the Loggerhead Shrike would be considered a raptor. As it is, this little guy does very well for itself wreaking havoc amongst the small fauna living in its territory as it forages for prey.
Sam the dog and I went into the backyard late this afternoon to find this hawk sitting on the fence. Running back inside to get the camera, I did not expect the hawk to still be there when I got back outside but there it was. We are used to occasionally seeing, but more often hearing, owls in the oak trees around the house at night but never a bird like this hawk during the day. I wondered if it […]
A good place to see American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) is at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge during the winter. Kestrels, like this individual caught in the early morning light, love the cleared out citrus groves being rehabilitated to native habitat where there is limited cover making for easy access to the insects and rodents they love to prey upon. And though they may be North America’s smallest bird-of-prey, once called here the “sparrow hawk” because of their diminutive size, their […]