Chocolate Bird

flyby
At the Berkeley Marina, after a long rain, a special bird arrived. Redtail plumage is wonderfully variable and it is always a treat to see a dark Redtail passing through during migration season.

ventral
Resident birds tend to be more glue-footed and less flighty, but migrants are understandably more wary.

takeoff
I was a long way off, perhaps twice the distance most Redtails are comfortable with, and this RT was clearly more interested in a field devoid of humans. Lesson learned. Don’t assume all birds react in the same way. Pay attention to each individual and act accordingly.

in the sun
I was glad to look back as I was leaving and see the bird had returned to hunting the area. What a glorious hawk.

departing

5 responses

  1. Awesome. Every picture is stunning. What a photogenic bird. 🙂

    December 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

  2. Sandy Slichter

    He is indeed glorious. I love the shot where one can see the talons spread wide, ready for anything, although it’s probably because he just took off.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

  3. Beautiful shots. Very interesting – I just saw a dark-colored red-tail yesterday here in Michigan.

    December 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

  4. beutiful bird

    December 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  5. Kathy Walters

    wonderful. I love how you pick up on this birds individuality.

    December 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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