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Red-shouldered hawk        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Adults of the California race of the red-shouldered hawk are strikingly beautiful birds, with rich orange-red underparts and bold black-and-white checkering in the wings and tail.   Happily, they appear to be doing well and are frequently seen (and heard; they have a loud, ringining kee-yeer call) in suburbs and parks, as well as in their more traditional riparian woodland habitats.   The pictures were taken on the Monterey Peninsula, along the coast near Cambria, on the University of California campus at Riverside, in coastal Orange County, and in Escondido.   At the bottom of the page is a photo a bird gathering a fresh sycamore leaf to add to its nest.

Click here for pictures of juveniles, and here for images of flying birds.   Photos of the distinctively colored Florida race are on another page.

  • Canon EOS1v, 500 mm IS lens with 2X converter; Elite Chrome Extra Color (2003)
  • Canon 10D, 1D3, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens with 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)