Landscapes & Birds, I

Red Shouldered Hawk

A few landscape photos from DuPuis WEMA and, of course, some bird photos (including a hawk under attack!)

We’re in the dry season here, but the good news is, the temperatures are moderate. This was a lazy photo outing. I was able to stay within 100 feet of my car, so I didn’t have to lug equipment on my back.

The DuPuis Wildlife and Environmental Area is mostly covered with grasses and pine flatwoods. The predominant evergreen in this part of Florida is the Slash Pine. Saw Palmetto is almost always found growing with the pines.

Pine flatwoods, Dupuis

Slash Pine

Slash Pine bark has evolved to make the trees resistant to fire. Fire plays a critical role in Florida’s upland ecosystems. The tree to the right is not showing its fall colors; it was scorched in a recent prescribed burn.

Dupuis, area of prescribed burn

I’ll have more Florida landscape photos Friday night or Saturday. But now it’s time for the birds.

Dupuis, Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron has caught something, but probably not what it was after.

Dupuis, Northern Mockingbird

Yes, only a mockingbird enjoying the sunset, but who doesn’t love a mockingbird? (Larger photo)

Red Shouldered Hawk
Right now you’re probably saying, You just posted a photo of a Red Shouldered Hawk the other day! Yes, but this hawk comes with a story. (Larger photo)

It was alongside SR 76, about 15 miles east of the DuPuis entrance. Most people wouldn’t stop to look at or photograph a Red Shouldered Hawk, as they are the most-common raptor in this area. I kept casually stepping closer . . .

Red Shouldered Hawk in flight

until it decided I was too close and flew to a dead palm tree across the highway. . .

Red Shouldered Hawk under attack

where it was mobbed by a Kestrel. Raptor vs Raptor.

Red Shouldered Hawk under attack

Here are some cropped close-ups of the Kestrel. Thanks to Greg for help on the ID..

Hawk attacker

Hawk attacker

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