There is something exciting about the body language of birds of prey,” Peyton said. “Once you know what to look for, it is easy to recognize the attitude of the bird you are seeing. When a raptor is hungry, it can be very aggressive about getting its way.
This red-tailed hawk has just eaten her meal and is still in that agitated state. She will soon settle in and spend the next few hours relaxing and digesting her food. Until then, her body feathers are popped up in an aggressive manner, including the feathers on the crown of her head. All attitude!