The Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a beautiful bird of prey found in North America, easily recognized by its striking red patches on its shoulders. This medium-sized raptor is primarily found in deciduous forests and swamps, where it hunts for small mammals, reptiles, and insects.
Red-shouldered Hawks hunt by diving directly onto their prey from the air when they spot it. They build large stick nests in trees and are considered a species of “least concern” by the IUCN, with a wide distribution and stable population.
The following photo was taken at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma on September 20, 2022, at 7:32 AM. The gear used for capturing this stunning moment included a Canon EOS R7 camera and an RF 800mm F11 IS STM lens.
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11 (fixed)
- Shutter speed: 1/1000
- ISO: 1000 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: +1/3 EV
- Focal Length: 800 mm