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Old 23rd of December 2010 (Thu)   #1
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Default Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

I took the pic of this beautiful hawk yesterday while traveling on the 27-mile long Loop Road in the Big Cypress National Preserve. For some reason, I always have a problem identifying the difference between Red-Tailed and Red-Shouldered Hawks. Any help identifying this one would be greatly appreciated. At the same time, though, please educate me and tell me what the distinguishing factor is that I need to look for.

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Old 23rd of December 2010 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

To me it looks like a Red-shouldered Florida Adult but I stand to be corrected. Nice catch.
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Old 23rd of December 2010 (Thu)   #3
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

I was going to say the same....... Great Shot!
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nice shot
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

Can't help you with the species, as I've never seen one of those, but wow, beautiful! Great capture!
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

i would also say Red-Shouldered Hawk also .. nice shot
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

beautiful Hawk shot.

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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

I would say definitely a Red-shouldered and a great shot of it.
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Great shot
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

I like the shot alot, and it is in fact a red shoulder like everyone said. : )
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

Thank you, everyone, for both the praise and the identification.

Happy holidays!!!
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

Outstanding image of an adult Red Shouldered Hawk.
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

I agree with all of the above ID's. Also, the legs and feet are much more massive on the red tailed hawk.
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Old 24th of December 2010 (Fri)   #14
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Also, the legs and feet are much more massive on the red tailed hawk.
Thanks for the tip, Bill! This gives me something to look for when comparing shots.
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Default Re: Hawk : Red-Tailed or Red-Shouldered?

This is truly a beautiful shot of a beautiful hawk; well done.
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