Southern California encompasses a variety of geographical zones, such as beaches, mountains, canyons, valleys, lakes, farmlands, high and low deserts, and snow. That makes bird watching there a bit of a paradise. I was fortunate recently to be at the top of a steep valley hillside, looking down on any soaring birds in the area. Eventually I was able to snap a few photos of a pair of red-tailed hawks, including this bad boy, just before joining his mate in a pine treetop.
The red-tail is the most common species of hawk in North America and is also known as a "chickenhawk," though it rarely feeds on chickens. Its extremely varied diet and comfort zones have allowed this bird of prey to succeed better than any other, to our viewing benefit.
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Jack Huber has taken thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.