Hawk Season

Fall is here by the calendar, and raptors like this Red-tailed Hawk are a sign of the season. This individual expertly hovered on the brisk westerly breeze, looking down intently for a meal. While I watched, creatures of a size suitable for this bird’s lunch kept under cover, and the hawk finished a northward pass along the western slope without a score. The overhead sun, while it obscured the underside of the bird’s wings, occasionally illuminated its tail feathers and showed why it’s called the red-tail.

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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