I had a pretty decent photo outing yesterday with hits and some misses. Certainly, one of the hits was this pretty lady.
I spotted her as she hunted over a field and while she was a good ways away, she seemed to be working her way toward me. I stopped and waited, hoping she would continue on the same track and, indeed, she did. In doing so, she flew quite close and even seemed to give me a bit of a glance as she did.
These hawks are common across North America, Europe and Asia. Here in Colorado, we most commonly see them in the colder months. It is believed that owl-like ‘dish’ around their face helps to focus sounds toward their ears, allowing them to listen for their prey as they fly low and fast overhead.