That is some seriously intense focus in this raptor’s eyes, eh?
The yellow around the eyes and the yellow gape really coupled with that intense stare draw attention to its face. Throw in those red-ish and dark browns of the plumage and this is one beautiful bird.
This captive hawk was one of two I had the opportunity to photograph at a raptor photo shoot with Nature’s Educators back in October.
This type of hawk rarely comes to northern Colorado so it was a great opportunity to see something I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.