I have seen these amazing birds from time to time for years, hovering over open fields looking for a good meal. Like helicopters, they fly stationary and patiently wait for their prey. Alas, they have always been way too far away for me to capture on "film" but recently I encountered this one on the banks of the Loire right next to the levee as I passed by. I had only a few moments before he saw me and flew away, so I didn't capture the "perfect" image. However, these two shots manage to show his hawkish profile as well as his tail plumage.