2021—Harris’s Hawk

When I was active in the former California Foundation for Birds of Prey organization, I photographed many different Harris’s Hawks that were falconers’ birds. I have always been fascinated by these beautiful raptors and the flight shows they performed were always thrilling to watch and a challenge to photograph. Last month in South Texas, the native Harris’s Hawks were just as challenging to photograph, especially in flight. This bird had just landed on a perch and as it settles its wings, it is keeping a wary eye on the other Harris’s Hawks and Crested Caracaras beneath it.