Saturday, November 04, 2006

Red-tailed hawk

Another picture taken at the Arboretum of Flagstaff Arizona. A naturalist at the center was holding this guy while talking to a visitor following a presentation on birds of prey (the Great Horned Owl from two posts back was also taken after the presentation).

The background was as striking as the bird; those are the San Francisco Peaks that lie north of Flagstaff. The presumption is that what are now several peaks (the tallest, Humphreys Peak, is the highest point in Arizona) used to be one much taller volcanic mountain that blew its top. Erosion over the years carved the rim into a series of summits.

What caught my attention in this photo was the contrast of the bird, bound to its human handler, while the spectacular open space of its natural habitat went unnoticed.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


David said...

I enjoy your photos - good work!

Marion said...

Yes, it is a great contrast, isn't it.

He's a beautiful bird.

cube said...

Very nice photo.