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Red-shouldered Hawk - SW Florida USA (1 Viewer)

This female Red-shouldered Hawk would come in and perch in this tree almost everyday. The perch was approx 300 yards from an active Bald Eagle nest that I was photographing.
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Lohi

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Germany
Did you see any activity between these two species? Eagles will quite happily kill and feed other raptors to their 'chicks', and some hawks will try to grab small eagle chicks from the nest...both species, just taking care of feeding their young.
 

lgonz1008

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United States
Did you see any activity between these two species? Eagles will quite happily kill and feed other raptors to their 'chicks', and some hawks will try to grab small eagle chicks from the nest...both species, just taking care of feeding their young.
Red-shouldered Hawk is mostly a reptile and small mammal hunter. While it's not impossible for it to target birds, they are nowhere in its main diet. Hence why many raptors and even small songbirds are fine with them being in the area without mobbing them.

I've seen similar behavior when the raptor in question is an Osprey, however, if the bird is a Great Horned Owl or a Red-tailed Hawk. Harassment/mobbing can and will happen.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia

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