My eyes left the lens for an instant to see where he was headed and to my surprise he landed on a limb even closer to me. I have seen him do this several times now, see movement, land on a perch closer, then strike. He paused on this limb long enough for me to snap a few shots before flipping around and landing on the ground even closer.Once on the ground he immediately began to hop among the leaves, pausing only once to listen to the camera click.
Within seconds his attention returned to movement and I had the joy of watching him hop, spin, and flip leaves with his talons to uncover what was stirring beneath. Below you can see a little bit of the action. I've included the blurred shot to give you an idea of how he used his wings for balance.
In the end, he abandoned the hunt and left to find a meal elsewhere while the female stayed close by. The activities here and in the previous four entries ocurred on March 7th. The pair is now incubating. The eggs generally hatch in 33 days, giving us an estimated hatch date of April 15th.
This is the seventh post in a series on this pair of red-shouldered hawks. To see the entire series click here. More photos, sketches and stories about my visits with this family coming up.