When I shot these photos, near the Corralitas Public Staircase, I was so far away, I thought it was one of the newly fledged hawks (just left the nest).
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 23, 2013. This Red Tailed Hawk likes to spend a lot of time walking around on the ground, looking around as if it were stalking prey on the ground, mostly on the steep slopes. (Perhaps its nearsighted.) In reviewing multiple photos (not all published here), this hawk is definitely looking around confidently, as if it does this all the time.
Regular readers may remember, earlier this year we had a few posts about a Red Tailed Hawk walking around on the ground & flying through heavily branched trees, like native California Black Walnuts. It may be the same hawk. This hawk has been hanging around with this year's newly fledged Red Tails.
In the past 2 weeks, several neighbors report seeing more than one hawk on the ground together. The chicks are learning this hunting technique from the hawk. I don't think this is one of the parent hawks as I've seen what appears to be 3 adult birds in addition to the 2 freshly fledged birds hanging around together early mornings on the Red Car Property.