Red-tail Sunrise (2013)

Early in the morning, while walking through a favorite hidden canyon in the desert southwest, I heard the unforgettable hoarse, rasping cry of the Red-tailed Hawk, a 'kree-eee-ar… kree-eee-ar', a loud fierce scream beginning at a high pitch and slurring downward, perhaps a cry of annoyance or anger, in response to my appearance. This hawk, soaring with wings in a slight dihedral, flapping as little as possible to conserve energy, circled above the desert floor, then finally descended to land in an old mesquite tree branch festooned with a few strands of dead desert mistletoe. There the Red-tailed Hawk perched in the rising light…still and strong.
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Red-tail Sunrise

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