Where: Glen Allen, VA • Shady Willow Ct.
Notes: This close-up is another from part of a private "educational bird" photo event. This "Red-tail" is a permanent captive due to his injuries sustained in a collision with a motor vehicle in the Richmond area. "Rusty" by name has been adopted by a State Licensed "Rehabber", Kim Harrell of Richmond.
I felt guided to post this photo after seeing a dried hawk's talon and wing feather dangling from a vehicle's rear view mirror yesterday on the highway. Transporting, killing or possession of a migratory bird (parts, nest, eggs and/or plumage) is illegal and carries fines in the thousands and jail time, unless you have a special permit. This is covered in The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): Penalties under the MBTA include maximums of two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $15,000 fine for a misdemeanor conviction. Maximum fines are doubled for organizations that are convicted of a felony violation. Think twice before buying such trinkets.