Just a pretty lady against a beautiful, blue Colorado sky. I almost missed her as I was focused in the opposite direction watching some eagles. I spotted her out of the corner of my eye and quickly swung around, grabbing a sequence of her as she flew by.
These are really cool hawks but not easy to photograph due to them usually flying just above ground level making it hard to get a lock on them. Their owl-like face with stiff feathers forming a ring around their head helping to direct sound to their ears, allowing them to hunt by hearing as well as sight.
You will oftentimes find them in open land, particularly near drainages, flying low and fast with their heads down as they look and listen for prey.