Red-tailed Hawks in the Backyard
I stepped outside this evening and noticed a red-tailed hawk perched in a dead pine tree. These hawks are very skittish and I hardly ever get even decent pictures of them. I grabbed my wildlife lens anyway and proceeded to get close. Their eyesight is so good there isn't anyway you can sneak up on them. By the time I was about 100 yards from it I could hear it screeching so I was well within it's comfort zone. Right after that another hawk flew by and I could also hear another hawk to the right of me. It was difficult to spot as it was well camouflaged in the tree line. I scanned the trees with my camera and eventually found it.
By this time I had moved closer to the hawk in the pine tree and eventually it flew from it's perch. Usually they fly in the opposite direction of me, but this one started to fly circles around me. I don't know if this one is young and hasn't gotten a fear of people or it felt comfortable with the other hawks in the area, but I was thankful for it's flybys. The hawk eventually flew away so I walked over to the other hawk. Eventually I got too close for this one as well. However, this hawk also gave me a nice flyby for some action portraits. A great way to end the day.
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