It's been a few weeks since I last visited with a cooperative Red-tailed Hawk near my home. The city mowed several of the fields in the area she and her mate hunt so they are taking advantage of the new hunting grounds. The male is still skittish as ever but the female could care less and allows you to stand near her (about 20'-30' away from her) as she surveys the area for a meal. The last two evenings I found her perched on either a light pole, a transmission tower or trees with a lot of clutter (gumball trees) so I just waited for her to fly to the ground to catch something.
When she missed what she was after she sat there and started tugging on the grass to scare it out of hiding.
It's hard to tell if this image is too warm because it was taken in late evening light and she is surrounded by yellow grass. The previous images (taken last night) were captured in harsher light.
To try to explain how tolerant she is of people last night 2 police officers stopped by to investigate another photographer and I standing in the field and I walked right under her as she perched 20' up in a tree to go and talk to the officers. Both officers were astonished she didn't fly away as I walked past her. Hopefully we can find their nest to document them raising young....at a distance of course because the male isn't very cooperative.