Two days ago, while waiting for Greg to get home, I went out back to see if I could find any "winter interest" to photograph.
I found my resident pair of redtail hawks, cozying up to each other in the top of one of the big, mature cottonwoods in the draw.
Generally, in raptors, the female is actually the larger of the pair. There is no gender-based plumage difference in this species.
Towards the end of last winter, I noticed this pair building a nest near the top of the one of the big black willows. I watched hopefully for signs that they'd laid eggs, but I never saw any incubating behavior.
This year I have hopes that, with less nest building to attend to, Mr. and Mrs. Redtail may provide us with the excitement and enjoyment of watching new little hawks being raised!