‘Photographer ahead. Break hard left!’ I caught this young Red Tailed Hawk a bit by surprise last week. I was standing next to my truck which was parked by a utility pole and I was trying to get pics of some harriers over a field. I see something out of the corner of my eye and as I look to my right there is a hawk flying right toward me and going to land on the pole.
Just as I pivot and start snapping away, the hawk seemed to realize I was there and had an “Oh shoot” moment – as did I. He broke hard left and headed off in the other direction but I managed a couple shots first. Pretty funny but also darned happy with the image. Probably one of the best action shots I have ever captured.