A friend of mine who is a good nature photographer usually lugs around a top-of-the-line Nikon photographic outfit during his walks in the natural area we both frequent. This Christmas, he purchased a new Canon S90 pocket camera and seems to have abandoned his Nikon albatross. In any case, he was making images of the native grasslands in the natural area (before the grasslands were buried under the two feet of snow we have blanketing the ground now) when he came across a Red-tailed Hawk with a fresh catch.
The handsome bird must have been really hungry, because my friend reported that it did not take flight upon realizing that a human was approaching. Instead, it rather nonchalantly allowed him to get close enough to get these images while it enjoyed its meal.
3 weeks ago