I was thrilled to see this Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) recently while walking at The Lexington Arboretum.
I was guessing its identity by its size and the reddish barred tail. Once I was able to see dark spots on its “belly band,” I felt relatively sure it was a Red-tail.
In this close-up, I can almost ‘feel’ its soft feathered breast, but that beak looks formidable. I would love know what it’s looking at so intently.
I’m guessing this bird grew up at the Arboretum and, as a result, is somewhat tolerant of humans. I was amazed at how close I was able to get, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It’s a magnificent bird and I hope to see it again.