Here is my favorite photo of a red-shouldered hawk. Most of my shots capture this bird high in the sky patrolling for food. But this photo was taken near downtown Carmel where the food list includes gophers, moles and garden snakes.
I took these photos a few minutes apart in Carmel: a red-shouldered hawk and nearby, a proud American crow. I rarely see this beautifully colored hawk perched while crows are everywhere, although it is unusual to see one by itself and willing to pose–I was very close.
People tend not to look up. This habit explains why the spectacularly colored red-shouldered hawk went virtually undetected on a busy Carmel street yesterday. This bird was perched near the top of a tall fir tree, but easy to see from the street. In my opinion this hawk is more orange than red.