Head on stare from a juvenile Swainson’s Hawk

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Head on stare from a juvenile Swainson's HawkHead on stare from a juvenile Swainson’s Hawk – Nikon D810, f8, 1/400, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light, not baited

This juvenile Swainson’s Hawk was photographed earlier this month in Beaverhead County, Montana on a cloudy morning with low light. Even though the light isn’t perfect I like the muted colors in the background and how they contrast with the warmer tones in the young hawk’s plumage.

I also like the head on stare I was getting from the hawk and the connection I felt looking into its eyes.

Life is good.



  1. Bill Richmond September 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Great eye contact in this fine image!!Colours are beautiful!!

  2. Utahbooklover September 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Talk about eye contact — or more precisely, eyes contact. Outstanding image Mia!

  3. Patty Chadwick September 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    That bird sure is hunkered down…must have been cold….that stare makes you glad you’e not a vole!

  4. Humming Bird Lover September 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm


    Love that look and a great ,great shot! Have a wonderful weekend shooting!

  5. Elephant's Child September 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm


  6. Jolanta September 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful 🙂

  7. Wally September 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Okay, allow me to use a really over-used word: “Wow!”.

    Simply superb, Mia!

  8. Ilze Long September 26, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Nothing like a look from them, big or small.

  9. Liz Cormack September 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This photo reminds me of a photo I took of a Cooper’s hawk a couple of years ago. You KNOW you are being watched! Love it!

  10. Carroll Tarvin September 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is one handsome dude. Love the photo!

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