I’ve been pretty fortunate getting some nice pics of these hawks of late and this past Sunday was a prime opportunity.
A pair was continuously hunting along a roadway so I just parked and let them come to me. That is usually the best strategy for getting pics of these fast, low flyers as they will be very focused on the hunt and largely ignore you if you aren’t moving.
While the background in these images is less than ideal, it does provide a good example of the differences between the male and female. The male, aka the gray ghost, is gray and white with piercing yellow eyes. The female has more subdued earthtone coloring. Both are beautiful but the male definitely steals the show in my opinion.