|Red-tailed Hawk in Cottonwood tree|
|Red-tailed Hawk in morning sun|
After 5-10 minutes of taking shots of this handsome raptor it flew off to another side of the pond. I hiked over to see if I could find it again. Turns out this wasn't hard, since a small flock of crows were gathered in trees around it, and were kicking up a ruckus. Seems they wanted to let the whole neighborhood know about this potential danger.
|Mink on the run|
I was surprised that the hawk allowed me to get within about 10 yards or so, while it watched for prey below. It didn't seem put off by my encroachment in the least, and rarely even glanced my way. I did however catch a glance in the photo above right. Note the 180 degree head swivel for this stare.