Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time…
and then sometimes you are unobservant and walk right past a photo-op and not even realize it.
Good thing D was paying attention and called #5 and I to come back his way on our recent visit to the Topeka Zoo; or I would have missed the opportunity to get some close up shots of this Red Tail Hawk.
One of the zoo keepers had taken her from her enclosure to the back of a little “truck” where she was weighed, given a quick check over, and offered a mouse treat. She was a very cooperative bird and seemed to enjoy the company of the zoo keeper but wasn’t in the mood for a snack.
It was easy to see why this beautiful bird ended up at the zoo; she had an injury to one of her eyes [it’s not visible in these photos] and I’ll just bet having a bad eye like that in the wild would make it hard to hunt.