A red-tailed hawk perches on a piling. You might wonder why most of my photos of raptors at Point Reyes are on posts. The reason is that much of Point Reyes is open dairy or ranch land. In the farming/ranching area there are few trees or, better yet for the birds, snags (dead trees with no leaves and therefore unlimited visibility). There are also power poles that they roost on, but I don’t normally photograph birds on them for several reasons (too high, too far, unaesthetic structures and poor (sky) backgrounds).