One serious looking Red-tailed Hawk

One serious looking Red-tailed HawkOne serious looking Red-tailed Hawk

I love the stare of raptors because they always appear so serious, intense and they have a no-nonsense look to their eyes like this Red-tailed Hawk has. I suppose raptors have to be no-nonsense despite what their eyes look like simply because they are focused on survival. There were times in my life where I had to be that focused too so that I could survive as well so perhaps that is what draws me to the eyes of raptors.

I am going to be on the road not long after this post is published and I hope that I will get a chance to photograph Red-tailed Hawks and more.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Serious look indeed. My eldest brother has that look, but none of the beauty. He can’t fly either. I think the dejected look would be more appropriate to him. And more honest.
    Flippancy aside – that is one stunning bird, and photo.

  2. I wouldn’t want to be the object of his scrutiny!

  3. Mia – neat pic. I like seeing all your Red-tails and studying the unbanded tail types as much as the banded types. Also note the pale innermost secondary that people can confuse for a feather from the previous generation.

  4. As the saying goes, “The eyes have it!”….That’s what I call “the laser look”. No wonder they are successful hunters….wonderful image…like flying beside him/her.

  5. It is serious looking, cheers Mia.

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