Red-Shouldered Hawk - Frequent Backyard Visitor In Richmond Virginia

This raptor has a fondness for lizards so it patiently waits for "just the right moment" to dive for dinner. As a frequent backyard resident I'm thankful that it doesn't have a taste for Min Pin!!!!!
Perching on the fence about 25 feet from the backdoor this raptor was intently watching something rustling in the leaves. The dogs were let out and back in again as I stood on the porch in plain sight of the bird. It totally ignored us all. Later it landed briefly in the leaves to capture a Five-Lined Skink..... and flew off with an evening trophy of dead leaves and prey. Hope it wasn't the reptile I rescued and photographed recently ;0(
Nature Photograph of bird of prey by Carolyn Hietala

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