February 20th, 2013. We were cruising slowly down a rural road not far from the Scull Shoals Experimental Forest when we passed a big bird perched on the branch of a fallen tree. My impression was of a very large bird with a shocked look on its face. It took a few seconds to register that we’d been within about 20 feet of this bird.
We stopped. Rather than back up and risk spooking the bird, I twisted around in my seat and leaned as far as I could out the window and captured these images from a short distance down the road. The bird, identified as a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) was seemingly unaffected by our being there and didn’t pay much attention to us. It was looking for supper.
Following are a set of images cropped from this and other images captured as the hawk searched its surroundings for prey.
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- The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
- Red-tailed Hawk Nest 2012: Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile Visits Nest Today Dec 17th,2010
- The Internet IBC Bird: Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - Juvenile