As promised, here are additional images of the top feathered predator in the park. I saw this bird initially as a curious bright patch high up in a tree at the southern edge of the Native Plant Area. A quick telephoto zoom revealed a very big Red-tailed Hawk, almost certainly a female. This is not, however, the same individual that photographer Phil Rowntree imaged earlier, posted yesterday. Phil’s bird had the yellow irises of a juvenile; this one has the brown eyes of a fully grown bird.
Before long, this bird gathered a small crowd of gawkers, and no wonder, it was so regal and conducted itself with such calm composure. Eventually it tired of being admired and flew off to a perch high in the tall evergreens inside the Native Plant Area. There again it squatted with the serenity of a bird that has recently eaten its fill. After a while, it flew off again, this time across the North Basin toward the Berkeley mainland and the hills.