As this large group of birds flew close to the current by the seaside, they would peel off one at a time doing what appeared to be a rehearsed and synchronized air ballet. It was quite remarkable to observe and I am certain it was joyous and playful for them.
I came upon this magnificent bird yesterday on a lightly traveled country road. Unfortunately he was standing on the road and did not move as I drove past him. When I stopped and approached him he flew just a few feet and stopped where I took this picture. I don’t know if he is young or hurt, and I left quickly so as to cause him as little stress as possible. My first sense is that this is a falcon, but he may be a hawk. Thoughts?