Hawk in Morning light
As the sun broke over the Sangre de Cristo Range, the hope of a coyote close encounter had me wandering along the canyon rim, where I have been chasing them recently. But today, there were no coyotes. The mule deer also use the canyon to travel between mesas, and I know their routes well, so curiosity brought me down into the canyon. But today, there were no mule deer. The sound of a woodpecker on a dead ponderosa brought me back up out of the canyon and up to the trees where the sapsuckers feed. But by the time I approached, the bird was gone. And as the sun rose higher, and the breeze began to build; and as my stomach started to growl, and my mind turned to coffee, a subtle movement caught my attention. There were no coyotes, no mule deer, no woodpeckers. But today, there would be Red-tail.
Red-tailed Hawk; Los Alamos, New Mexico
NatureWildlifeBirds of PreyHawkRedtailed HawkLos AlamosNew Mexico