Red-tailed hawk: Up close and personal

This red-tailed hawk spent about an hour and a half perched in front of a camera near one of the owl nests. We got a great view of its soft, downy, chest and belly feathers. It was a real beauty.

In the video you can see the hawk’s eyes occasionally become opaque for a split second when it closes its translucent inner eyelid or nictitating membrane. The nictitating membrane enables the hawk to clean and moisten its eyes without needing to fully blink, which would block its vision for a second.