Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk Downtown

We often walk through the cemetery at Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church when we are in the neighborhood. Filled with trees, it is welcoming to many birds which may be why a Red-tailed Hawk buzzed the area, cruising over my head. He never slowed and I watched his beautiful tail disappear over a wall headed towards Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

We headed that way too, wondering if he might be perched in a nearby tree. Even better, he was in clear view on the tile roof of one of the old French Quarter homes.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk against a harsh sky

I switched to my long lens and he stayed put while I angled around the front of the building, getting a few views of this temporary king of Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk — finally a view with the tail

Daily life went on below him: post-Irma trash pick up, street repairs, tourists bent on seeing every street but missing the details, a suited business man conducting his business on the phone in the street…nothing seemed to faze him.

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