Mature Red-tailed Hawk perched on a cliff at Upper Newport Bay--Note how the long wings almost hide the red tail which is barely visible between his two long wings.
Light morph Krider's Red-tailed Hawk Courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photographer Dave Menke.
Red-tailed Hawk courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photographer Mark Bohn.
Red-tailed Hawks in Orange County tend to be the standard Red-tailed Hawk with some slightly lighter and some slightly darker, but no extremes. Again, Red-tailed Hawk have some of the most variable plumage in the avian world. They can frequently be seen on lamp lights near streets and freeway exits and entrances as well as in open country and in parks. Red-tailed Hawks are very common in Orange County.