Red-tailed Hawk Kiting

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Red-tailed Hawk
On occasion I get to see a Red-tailed Hawk at Central Winds Park, and for me it's always a treat to see one.  Yesterday this one glided by; it was a pretty windy day, and at one point, he turned toward the wind and started kiting.  He was just about perfectly still and motionless in the air, perfectly balancing gravity and lift from the winds coming off Lake Jesup. After a little while it flew away, and later it I saw it return and glide toward me so I was able to get the above photo. It was like he just wanted me to take a picture of him with his wings and tail spread.  When the hawk was actually kiting, he was not in as good a position for photos, but I included one photo of him kiting below. This bird made my day.

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Red-tailed Hawk


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