I was taking out the garbage on a dark night last week when a silent black shadow blacker than the night glided above me, I pulled out my Fenix light and illuminated one of our neighborhood's great horned owls on top of the telephone pole.
I always hear them hooting but they are rarely seen.
The desert southwest has a huge hawk population. Took this photo from my back door.
Interested in birds?
Visit Tucson from mid-October - mid-April, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has Raptor Free Flight twice a day with different hawks and owls.
Experience a wild raptor flying inches above your head. They are not trained and sometimes fly off.