This one caught me a bit off guard. My son and I were taking a bit of a photo drive yesterday afternoon when we spotted this Ferruginous Hawk sitting in a field. We stopped, got out, and walked closer for a better view.
Before getting anywhere near, it took off. Initially we were disappointed but to our surprise, rather than heading in the opposite direction, it flew right toward us. I scrambled to get my camera up to my eye and focus it, managing to get off a few captures before it was gone. Had to shoot toward the sun but that was mitigated a bit by the fact it was so close.
These hawks are quite large – oftentimes being mistaken for eagles when in the air – and become pretty common during the winter months here in Colorado. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.