Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) sitting on a telephone pole behind my house. â€¢ It is amazing that this shot was taken at all. While there are plenty of open agricultural fields around the property, this hawk chose to take a time out near my house. This was fortunate due to the fact that the predator birds in the area (hawks and owls) rarely perched lower than the tall eucalyptus trees in the area. Any chances to see them lower than the trees was to stalk something in the middle of a field, or at dusk as you caught a shadow flying from tree to tree. â€¢ I had just switched to digital, purchasing a Nikon D70 a month earlier (which, due to finances, I still use to this day). My photographic knowledge, looking back, was severely limited. This shot is all luck. Mid-December, mid-afternoon light created an even, open light on the hawk. Any other time of year at this time of day, and the light would have been over powering. â€¢ The raw ferocity of birds of prey is awe inspiring. The power legs, large talons just peaking over the top of the pole, and the piercing stare from the hawks eye is just so threatening.