He had raised him from the time he came out of the incubator.
He was spritzing him with water at intervals in the intense midday heat.
For one legitimate reason, which I now forget, the raptor could not be released to the wild after it was reared.
Less than one in two hundred birds will have this particular coloration although there is a sub species in Canada called a Harlan's that is quite similar.
The hawk was very beautiful and it was a real treat to see him.