The reddish chest and distinctive checkered wing pattern indicate this is a Red-shouldered hawk common to our region. They enjoy hunting from a perch in treetops or on wires.
A grouping of hawks is known as a "cast" and we have a full cast in our corner of the city with one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels behind us providing plenty of small prey.
Flying away into the trees for better hunting without the intrusion of my camera lens.
We've had a good deal of rain the last few weeks and the deer have been showing off their dance moves in the creek.
They always seem to enjoy prancing in the water after a rain
"How can I dance like nobody's watching if I know you're watching?"
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