My objective for stopping was to photograph some icy stalactites that had formed in the brook here. I had been looking for these all winter without luck. It just so happened that the Red-Tailed Hawk was hunting from a perch directly above them.
The hawk must have heard or seen something underneath it. It looked down several times, giving me a good, long look at its beautiful head feathers.
Also, upon further inspection, I noticed that it only had one set of talons (one foot) locked on the branch. Does a hawk occasionally rest on one foot, or is this a sign of an injury? I could not see the other foot at all. It didn't appear to have its leg lifted in any way either. A mystery, for sure. Also, the foot that is visible was bloodied, which proves that it is a successful hunter whether injured or not.
Some questions will never be answered....but it's fun to wonder.