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  1. How did you get so close?? Posted 3 years ago
  2. I'm not really sure why it didn't fly away when I first turned the corner. I was looking the other direction when I first approached it and was probably close enough that I could have touched it when I first noticed it (at which point I jumped since I wasn't expecting anything anywhere nearly that close, and I immediately backed up to minimize the risk of me scaring the bird away).
    It kept the one good eye on me most of the time, and I left before too long since it started to seem a little uneasy with my presence, so I only got a few quick looks at the bad eye... I'm not sure if the eye is completely missing, or if it was just being held shut.
    My guess is that the eye injury happened very recently, and it was just stopping there to rest while it either got used to seeing with only one eye or the eye recovered so it could be used again... but my confidence is fairly low that I'm right with that guess.
    Posted 3 years ago

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The Red-shouldered Hawk is a medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern North America and along the coast of California and northern to northeastern-central Mexico. Red-shouldered Hawks are permanent residents throughout most of their range, though northern birds do migrate, mostly to central Mexico. The main conservation threat to the widespread species is deforestation.

Similar species: Falcons
Species identified by Joe Spandrusyszyn
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By Joe Spandrusyszyn

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Uploaded Apr 20, 2017. Captured Apr 15, 2017 16:33 in Alligator Alley, Lakeland, FL 33803, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/5.6
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO3200
  • 300mm