Those feet belong to a Harris’s Hawk, or Parabuteo unicinctus, an inquisitive but fairly subdued bird of prey among the dozens being taken care of at the Parque Condor, a rescue and release bird park and sanctuary near Otavalo, Ecuador.
That tiny bell though was anything but quiet, making up for the hawk’s quiet manner whenever it flinched. Fortunately that wasn’t too often, allowing ample time to really appreciate its beauty and majesty.
For the Harris’s Hawk-curious, check out this image gallery posted soon after my March 2015 visit.
Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,043rd straight, was snapped on 28 March 2015.