The face on these large raptors has so much character it is little wonder I am drawn to them. Their profile is so noble and in many ways intimidating. Throw in their ‘joker’ smile and they are very cool indeed.
This particular one was perched on a utility near Denver International Airport yesterday morning, keeping close watch on the ground for an opportunity to get a meal.
Ferruginous Hawks are the largest buteos in North America and from a distance, their size and profile may have them mistaken for eagles. While they can be found here in Colorado year-round, they are most common during the winter months.