The Red-shouldered Hawk

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 Hawk On Dead Limb
Red-shouldered Hawk On Dead Limb

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 

Here are a couple of Red-tailed Hawk photos I have taken: Red-tailed Hawk Standing In Grass and Young Red-tailed Hawk Stretching Wings