Close Encounters of the Red-tailed Hawk Kind

I had the path to myself last week when I came around a bend and saw this stunning juvenile red-tailed hawk. As I tip-toed closer, she did not seem threatened by me at all. I was able to kneel near the tree and observe her for about thirty minutes. I was about twenty feet away, which is the closest I’ve ever been for this length of time. Perhaps her youth gave her the daring to tolerate me while I took hundreds of pictures. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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