Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Trail, Kennebunk Maine

Taking a break from my pics from Honduras, though there is no end to them (in sight). It is not every day you encounter such a cooperative Red-tailed Hawk. It flew over me and beside me while I rode my eBike along the final unpaved section as you come to Alwive Road, and perched in tree right at the edge of the cutting, in plain sight. I thought for sure it would be gone before I could get off the bike (so close to the bird), get the camera unpacked, and get a few pics…but in fact, it sat there longer than I needed to stay. It was very aware of me, and gave me “the look” several times as I shot and even repositioned myself down the trail for a better angle and light, but it was not in hurry to go anywhere, and it was not impressed enough with me to do anything about it. All for the good, as I got several classic shots of the bird posing in the sun. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 160. Processed in Polarr.

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