The Redtail Hawk held its ground, feeding eagerly, and allowed me to approach to a mere 12 feet. It showed no concern with me, but that was my limit. I got low and attempted a photo with a very inadequate, wide angle lens. My cropped image is below. Not very good.
It is a beautiful bird in nice warm light. Soon, I backed out and went home with the idea that the hawk would again be there in the early morning. Sure enough, I arrived to see it perched in a large tree next to the road.
I eased the car to the place I'd seen the rabbit, but it was not there. I thought, "not a good sign", and backed the car to where I could watch the hawk; it was attracting a chorus of Blue Jays and smaller birds. It was a mob. The hawk seemed to tire of this and swooped away into the dense brush near the kill. After a wait, I eased there to see it pulling the rabbit back out. It had hidden its kill for the night. Interesting. The hawk just about finished off the rabbit, and then "posed" for one last photo.
Hopefully, I learned my lesson. My good fortune revealed some very close details on a glorious bird, and some greater understanding of hawk behavior. I'm hoping this juvenile will stay in the area and have continued success. The first year is pretty tough on a predator.