It was a perfect winter morning, sun shining without the wind which was relentless for days. The temperature was near zero. My husband has had problems with his camera and wanted to test it on our favourite part of the boardwalk.
We parked the car and as we prepared to exit, there it was, a red-tailed hawk.
While they are common in the skies over fields as they hunt for rodents, we had never seen one up close.
Such hawk splendor! He was big, mottled, red brown and white. Then he turned his head.
He had rodent for breakfast. We were glad it wasn't a squirrel. He was skillful in his handling of the food, using beak and talons.
Eventually, he turned towards us.
With the rodent hung from his mouth,
he looked around, vigilant.
We could see that hawk eye, the beautiful white breast and the mottled legs.
He had a firm grip on breakfast as he prepared to take flight.
We missed the photo of the hawk in flight. He was too fast for us to follow. We were happy with what we did capture though, a once in a lifetime experience.