07/31/09 - I took this picture on my way to work yesterday near the swamp where I go often. I think he is a red-tailed hawk (see new note below). As I drove up, I saw him fly overhead in the sky. Nice of him to land on a tree branch that I could take pictures on without even getting out of my car! I wasn't too lazy to get out, but if I did, he probably would have flown. Anyway, I took some shots, moved up a few feet closer, took a few more, and moved again until he flew. Then, I got pics of him on two other branches. I guess it's my week to have twigs in my shots near my subject's faces. I have a few shots where there aren't any twigs, but his face is better in this pic and so is the color I think. Anyway, enjoy him. I did.
More shots of him are here. I was sad yet again to see the big dead tree overlooking the pond on the ground. The storm the other day knocked it over. I took pics of a great blue heron standing in that tree a couple of weeks ago...no more. Such is the way nature works, though.
From a friend that would know:
It's a red-tailed hawk (imm), hatched this year (HY). Immatures don't have the "red tail" of the adults. Note the fine barring on the tail which would be wider in red-shouldered (both adult and immature). The breast is clear not reddish, or finely barred, as in adult red-shouldered, or streaked as in immature red-shouldered. The bird is chunky, or heavier bodied than red-shouldered.