This Red-Tail Hawk, pictured above on one of the bushes outside a little used employee entrance, visits the office where I work every year. The mating pair has chosen a tall tree nearby to build their nest, and last year I was able to observe at least two chicks after they hatched.
I often carry my camera with me when I go walking during my breaks. These images are why. One never knows what they may encounter, and there are opportunities to capture great images all around us. All we have to do is look.
I spied this Red-Tail from a distance and decided to see how close I could get. He carefully watched as I slowly got closer. Normally, Red-Tails don’t let people approach this close, but he had a good-sized kill that he was not about to abandon.
When I got to about 8 feet away he prepared for take-off.
Unable to gain altitude with the weight of the squirrel dragging him down, Red-Tail flew low across the street to the bushes next to the building where he enjoyed the rest of his meal.