Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hawk Eyes

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I had a close encounter with a juvy Red-tailed Hawk the other day. Not only was it special to be so close and not disrupt him too much, but to take in the details of this beautiful bird. Had it been optimal conditions, they might have turned out a bit better, but I can't complain of the experience. What I noticed most with this guy was his eyes and the orange ring around the pupil. When he was eying his food, you could read the intensity of his eyes. Take a look at the next photo. I think he is eating an opossum at about 20 feet away. It was overcast so getting the settings right was frustrating!

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10 comments:

Montanagirl said...

What a beautiful bird, and your photos are amazing!

Eve said...

What a beautiful bird and fantastic photos! What luck!!

Rusty said...

Wow! What a great opportunity that was. ATB!

Ruth said...

Those are some amazing shots.
That stare,looks pretty intense.
Blessings,Ruth

Chris said...

Wow I'm just stunned! What a splendid collection and opportunity! These are really splendid pictures, with such details and sharpness. A real dream for nature photographers! Well done!

Lou Kellenberger's Nature Diary said...

Great series of shots Peggy... nice capture of wildlife behavior. Wonderful clarity and sharpness. You turned opportunity in a beautiful collection of photographs.

Craig Glenn said...

Really Great shots H! As always!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! What an experience that must have been. Your photos are amazing. I love your site.

Chris Eckberg said...

Well, you had me at your blog title, very catchy! You do however, take some very beautiful photos and capture some wonderful moments in nature - nice work! I'll stop by again when I have more time.

Willard said...

Another super series! The first one is stunning.