This red-tailed hawk was spotted patiently watching and waiting along a roadside this week.
According to the Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds, these beautiful creatures are the most widespread large hawk in America, and are “bulky and broad-winged, designed for effortless soaring.”
They like open country, but also can be seen on roadside poles, before gliding over fields.
The Field Guide describes the red-tail’s courtship rituals as “male and female soaring in high circles, with shrill cries. Males may fly high and then dive repeatedly in spectacular maneuvers … and may catch prey and pass it to the female in flight.”