The locals. A friend and I went out for the day exploring locally to see who was out hunting one day. This was such a lucky shot because this Red Shoulder was only there briefly. Annoyed by our presence, he left right away.
It was so well camouflaged that it really was lucky shot indeed.
We have so many types of Raptors on the Mountain. The Red Tailed Hawk is the easiest to capture. They hang out on the main road in trees that were burned in the last big fire here. Not much camouflage. I've been lucky enough to get some rather close up shots of them cruising the updrafts close to the road.
I'd very much like to paint this particular shot. I very much like the colors.