Pretty Before Pink, UF Bat Houses, Gainesville, Florida

Photograph by Michael Stone

A red-tailed hawk takes off from the roof of one of two bat houses on the campus of the University of Florida during a Friday sunset in late April. Two of the hawks, possibly the same individuals, patiently wait near the houses daily at dusk for the first bats to emerge so that they may become prey. As the most common hawk in North America, the red tail inhabits almost the whole continent, save the most northern, colder regions, according to National Geographic’s range map.

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