Red Shouldered Hawk - Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water. It’s one of our most distinctively marked common hawks, with barred reddish-peachy underparts and a strongly banded tail. In flight, translucent crescents near the wingtips help to identify the species at a distance. These forest hawks hunt prey ranging from mice to frogs and snakes. ...
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common hawks in North America. (Photo Dave Van de Laar)
Aplomado Falcon | par Jon David Nelson. The aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis) is a medium-sized falcon of the Americas. The species' largest contiguous range is in South America. The term aplomado is Spanish and means “lead colored” referring to the dark blue-gray of the back of this handsome falcon.
closeup of an adult male peregrine falcon, photo by John Hyde. The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine, and historically as the duck hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head.
When osprey fish, they soar above the water until they spot their prey. Then they dive talons-first into the water, often submerging themselves completely. After making a catch, osprey will adjust their grasp on the fish so that it faces forward. This aligns the fish with their direction of movement to make flying away more efficient. Images: Michael Wulf, Txema Garcia