I observed this Red-tailed Hawk on my way into work one morning. I spotted the action on the lawn of a church near the intersection of Jupiter Lane and Collins Boulevard.

I arrived on the scene just after the hawk had captured and killed a Fox Squirrel. The hawk was looking around nervously and seemed uncomfortable. It’s possible the bird felt vulnerable in its exposed location.

I expected the hawk to bolt at any moment, so I took as many pictures as I could from as close as I felt I could reasonably approach. Sure enough, after just a few moments, the hawk lifted off with its prize in hand and flew away into the woods behind the church.

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DateDec 1, 2011
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Type of BehaviorHunting
ObserverChris Jackson