In the last week I’ve observed a pair of red-shouldered hawks engaged in mating activity. They were high in a pine tree across the back alley. If not for lots of squabbling and fussing and strange calls, I wouldn’t have noticed them, but this couple is quite vocal.
Today I caught them in flagrante delicto atop the power pole in the same alley.
I just happened to have my camera, grabbing these shots without paying attention to any of the exposure settings.
The timing was excellent in more than one way: just a couple of minutes afterward, the rain started falling. I don’t know where hawks wait out a thunderstorm, but it seems they ought to have a nest somewhere!