A juvenile red-shouldered hawk was out hunting for breakfast just below the Jordan Lake Dam and on the Haw River.
I followed a little of his hunt. Note his shoulders…they really are red!
The golden hour gilds not only bald eagles, but red-shouldered hawks too.
This juvenile was very intent on something across the swampy part of the cove.
His interest pegged up a notch and he tapped his foot in anticipation.
His kee-ah, kee-ah call announced his growing impatience and readiness to hunt.
He glanced intently at me, making very certain I was watching – all youngsters want attention!
Then he launched and I wished him luck on his hunt.
This immature red-shouldered hawk was chasing the belted kingfisher.
Both sped past me as I watched the speed display in awe.
I managed to photograph the hawk but not the kingfisher.
Yes, I was indeed almost directly beneath this immature re-shouldered hawk when he took flight
and let all the glorious autumn morning light shine through wings and tail.