Hawks are typically viewed from below, soaring or gliding overhead, and are typically depicted in books and magazines this way. Sure, a Red-tailed Hawk is cool from below, but to see one from above with its red tail fanned out...there's just something more exciting about that. Maybe a topside view is more rewarding because you don’t often get above a bird -- you know, they're able to fly and we’re not. Maybe its because this rare viewpoint elicits a similar response as a rare bird does? I also think the most captivating photos are topside portraits. A topside view can present an ID challenge; familiarity with upperside field marks is helpful towards identification. "Click" on photo to enlarge.