Staring, Glaring Swainson’s Hawk

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Staring Swainson's HawkStaring Swainson’s Hawk – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Yesterday morning I photographed this Swainson’s Hawk while it perched on a fence post in northern Utah, it was bright and sunny and the sagebrush and greasewood behind the hawk provided a lovely green background which contrasted nicely from the warm tones of the bird’s plumage. As I photographed the Swainson’s Hawk it looked around, preened and roused.

When I took this image the hawk was staring at me while I photographed it from across the road. It wasn’t until I came home and viewed the photos I took of it that I had to chuckle a bit at the looks I was getting from the hawk.

Glaring Swainson's HawkGlaring Swainson’s Hawk – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Why? Well, the staring, glaring looks of the hawk reminded me of one of my sons (who shall remain unnamed) used to give me in his teens when I’d say something he disagreed with. Normally I try not to anthropomorphize or assign human attributes to my subjects but sometimes I can’t help myself.

I took a wonderful series if images of this Swainson’s Hawk yesterday.

Life is good.



  1. Pepe Forte May 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    The intensity of the hawks stare is incredible. Great pic Mia.

  2. Elephants Child May 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    A cat can look at a king…

  3. M. Bruce May 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Great capture!

  4. Laura Culley May 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I hear a string of bad words in that look 🙂

  5. Patty Chadwick May 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

    In spite of the Devil’s wire, I really like both images…especially the second. I think it might be a very good thing you can’t read that bird’s mind! The colors of background and even the rusty wire, complement the colors of the bird. The background provides a nice, soft contrast. I always like seeing weathered wood, so appreciate the beauty if the slanted post.

  6. Liz Cormack May 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I think the Swainson’s Hawk had some choice words for you by the look. Great photos.

  7. Kim May 23, 2017 at 6:03 am

    LOL! Stunning images!

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