Red Shouldered Hawk / by Dennis Bernhard

Red Shouldered Hawk

I ventured down to Loop Road off of Tamiami Trail in December in search of some wildlife and to enjoy some of the beautiful wilderness. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The temperature was cool with a slight breeze. The only issue, there wasn't much in the way of wildlife aside from this beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk.

This beauty was perched in a tree near Sweetwater Strand. This is one of my favorite spots along Loop Road. It doesn't take that long to get to, but you feel like you're in the middle of no where. In the later spring months when the water dries up, this area is teeming with all kinds of wildlife.

Have you been to Loop Road? What's your favorite part about it?

- Dennis