Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Hawks for me are skittish. Probably with good reason, they don't like it much when humans get too close. So, although I see them often enough, the pictures I get are often pretty distant and fuzzy. We were on our way home after Thanksgiving and made a stop at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge near the town of Willows in the northern Great Valley.
There were lots of birds out and about, as this is the big migration
season, but some of my favorite shots were of this juvenile Red-tailed
Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). It was perched in a tree only 20 or so
feet away from our vehicle. Mrs. Geotripper had to point it out to me
because I was focused on distant birds and simply missed it hiding in
Actually, It's not such a surprise that I didn't see it right away. The color pattern on its breast was an almost perfect camouflage against the branches and leaves.
As always, I'm always a bit unsure of my hawk identifications, so I happily accept corrections.