“Sittin’ in the morning sun” – so goes the opening line of the song that Otis sang, and so goes the Red-shouldered Hawk that I saw perched in the early morning sunshine.
I had gone outside to fill the feeders and make sure my birds had some breakfast when I happened to glance across the fence and saw this beauty on a branch in my neighbor’s yard. The sunlight was filtering through the tree leaves and highlighting some of his side feathers.
He was glancing about, but didn’t seem on high alert as if he were actually hunting. Perhaps he had already eaten and was just sitting there enjoying the pleasant feeling of a full belly.
Eventually, he was started by a noise and then leaned forward and took off. I wish I could have captured the image without blur, but it’s still pretty cool to see his wings preparing for flight.
I still have a daydream that one day he will land on my Bark Butter branch while I happen to be standing there with a camera in hand, and that he will indulge me with a few close ups. But until then, I’ll settle for whatever shots he lets me take!