Picked up a new palm from Bill Early at Las Palmas this morning, a lovely cross between a butia capitata and a queen that is referred to as a mule, because it is sterile. Bill's a good guy, stands behind his material.
On the way out I caught this Red tailed hawk on the familiar branch overlooking the Santa Margarita River. His wing feathers tell me that he may have been in a recent scrap.
A great friend invited me onto his private property this morning to see some young hawks that were nesting. He wants to keep it a secret so please don't ask. Sorry.
There are three eyass in this group. Not sure if they are red tailed or red shouldered but I will have the opportunity to watch them grow up this year and I am very thankful. Will let you know when I meet the parents.
The geography of the property gives me a distant but birdseye view.