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Red Shoulders rarely take birds; they sen to prefer frogs, crawfish, and stream inhabitants (like water snakes). When things are frozen they seem to turn to voles, mice, etc. – they seem to leave the feeding songbirds alone. Infact, they are busy feeding very near to him. If a Coopers Hawk is in the area, there are no songbirds to be seen. These photos taken through a window with double-pane glass:

 

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It’s a Red tail taking off from his perch. We had 1.5 inches of rain in the past day. The Buffalo River came up 7-8 feet at Ponca overnight and it is now very windy and cold:

 

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I got out and got a few photos (750) of come fairly common winter birds in my yard.

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Today was an exceptional day. It was 21F at dawn and the temperature rose into the  lower 60s by 2 PM today. The hawks were warming in trees and on utility poles this morning. I got an interesting sequence of a juvenile Red Tail hawk launching this morning; this whole sequence takes paces in 0.7 seconds: used a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 300L IS f/2.8 with a 1.4x TC by Canon:

 

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Yesterday was a rainy and cool day; over an inch of rain and 66F almost all day. That was so nice for a change !! It cleared last evening about 5 PM, and I spotted a Red-tail Hawk in one of the trees in the yard; got close enough to get a few photos too. No red tail visible. This hawk is as “high-color” as any I have ever seen; maybe a juvenile ? I don’t this a Harlan Red-tail.  I used my Canon 1DS Mark III with a Canon EF 400L DO IS f/4.0 lens:

 

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I woke up to cold and snow showers this morning but as soon as the sun came out, I took a drive and fought the beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk hunting crawfish along the upper little Buffalo. This photo taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon EF 300 f/2.8 IS:

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Soaring quietly from a high tree branch, this Red Tail Hawk missed a vole in the ice (taken with a Canon 5D MK II with a Canon 400mm Lens):

 

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This past two weeks has been two of the coldest in NW Arkansas late March history. Today it is sunny and supposed to reach the mid-40’s; possibly the 60s by Friday. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of spring. I lost most of my peaches this past weeka and my green “winter wheat” has gone back to a winter looking color. Here is a photo of a Red Shouldered Hawk down along the Little Buffalo River hiding in the brushy cover in the sun trying to stay warm:

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This beautiful hawk was hunting from a 150 year old red oak tree in my back yard. They are, of course, more common than either Red Shoulder or Sharp Shinned hawks. I got about 55 shots of him/her going after a vole (he/she was not successful) during the afternoon on February 15th, 2013. Here is a selection using a Canon full-frame 5D-MK2 and Canon 600mm f/4 L IS Lens (Click to enlarge):

 

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