You may recognize this young hawk from a picture I posted last week of it devouring a mouse whole. This image was taken a bit before it had that meal when it was standing guard near its kill.
Normally Red-tails are pretty skittish and not likely to let you get close but this juvenile was a bit less wise and definitely not willing to leave its meal unguarded. While I and two friends snapped away with our cameras, the hawk seemed a bit annoyed that it had to wait to eat until pictures were done. 😉
Taken along the South Platte River in Thornton, Colorado.