This is one of our favorite Red-Tailed Hawks - we have seen it for about 5 years now, from time to time. When we go to this area we don't always see it - and it usually is too far away for good photos. These are by far the best photos I've gotten so far. Sometimes we see the hawk but it is much farther away and my camera won't capture it well.
It is a partially leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk - meaning that is lacks pigments in many areas, but is not a true albino as that would mean it lacks all pigment and would even have pink eyes and beak.
The head and tail retain more of the usual coloring of a Red-Tailed Hawk
One day I hope to get a view from the front. It is the most patient hawk I've ever photographed - it often sits for 10 to 20 minutes before flying off.
I can't tell you where we see this hawk, as there are those who like to claim rare birds as trophies and I want to keep this one safe, as much as possible.
It is one of the most wonderful birds we've ever seen.
What rare or unusual birds have you seen?