Red-Tail Hawk Spring Photo Shoot
Enjoying a beautiful moment on a cool yet sunny spring day with my husband, two dogs and Gracie. I took a bunch of photos and here are the best of the bunch.
Gracie has such an intense stare with those golden eyes.
I thought this shot had interesting angles and colors.
More intensity from a few steps back!
I'm continually in awe of her - just stunning!
This was a defensive stance to make herself look larger as our Golden Retriever approached.
A stately pose!
The sky is so blue here. I love the shadow under her wings and sun on her breast feathers
There's a turkey vulture (top right) that kept circling above us
Again - pooch coming a little too close!
Do you ever feel like you're being watched?
Yikes! It's more than a feeling!
Ok, think exit strategy...that tree looks good up there.
The film on her eyes is the nictitating membrane which protects their eyes when hunting, flying at fast speeds or feeding their chicks, keeping their most precious asset clean.
Can you feel any mice or squirrels in there? Falconers regularly check the keel feeling the musculature and level of fat on the bird.