Red-tailed Hawk Taking Flight photo by Larry Jordan
I caught this Red-tailed Hawk taking off from its perch, or should I say it caught me taking its photo and took off. The easiest way to ID a Red-tailed Hawk from below is the dark bar at the fore edge of the wing. The adult will also show a light chest with a dark belly band like this bird.
But the best way to be sure of the ID is when the Red-tailed Hawk banks enough to see the top of its tail. It then becomes obvious.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great Skywatch Friday! Go see the other great sky photos too!