The valley is getting very hawkish. The red tailed parents are taking turns minding the nest in the tall sycamore tree, preparing for this year's brood. I have seen a plethora of Cooper's hawks and kestrels in the Santa Margarita River valley of late. Everything is amping up for the advent of spring.
I had my camera on my seat and took a few shots. Unfortunately my shutter speed was set for stationary objects and I could not quite grab the perfect picture on takeoff. But as a wise man once said (or should have said) damn the perfect, let's settle for the good. The Sigma zoom came through once again.