Red Shouldered Hawk
Although becoming increasingly rare to see, the red-shouldered hawk seems to be thriving in Florida. Telephoto Florida even has a pair nesting in the giant oak tree at the Lakeland headquarters.
This raptor, bird of prey eats small mammals, reptiles, and birds. We have seen them with squirrels, snakes and doves. The male is smaller than the female red-shouldered Hawk at around 17 inches tall. They have a wing-span of just over three feet.
To see some additional high resolution Hawk photos visit the Aviary HERE.