As North America’s largest raptor, you wouldn’t think many creatures would dare push their luck with a golden eagle. On this morning in April though, a Swainson’s Hawk had decided it didn’t appreciate the eagle’s presence in the hawk’s potential nesting area.
The Swainson made multiple dives at the eagle, trying to get it to leave. Eventually the golden decided its perch wasn’t worth the hassle, taking flight and flying right by. I was shooting toward the sun so the light was tough but it was a thrill to have one so close.