This hawk was perched in a tree watching me work in the garden this afternoon. He was huge! Of course, I didn't have my camera, so I yanked off my muddy boots, ran in the house, crept back out so as not to disturb him, and just as I was putting the long lens on my camera, he glided off across the street into the neighbor's yard.
I don't like to just walk in peoples' backyards without permission, but my neighbors are nice, and I figured this was a special case, so I tracked the hawk over to where he was perched on a wire. He tolerated having his picture taken for a few moments...
Then soared away.
I'm not good at identifying raptors. I'm guessing this might be a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, based on his size and the dark wing tips. If you know a lot about hawks, please let me know what this beautiful creature is.