location: owyhee canyonlands
backstory: raptors have a presence unlike many other wildlife i've seen in the high desert. we can see it in the eyes. they are alert, constantly scanning and aware of a large area around them. their clarity and distance of vision is outstanding.
this photo is one of several of a ferruginous hawk; see taking wing. each of these photos reflects an aspect of this powerful bird's personality.
in the moment, it seemed as if this hawk was posing, much like a royal prince would for a portrait. it felt regal, fully aware of it's strength and power within the realm. there is little that it misses with that powerful gaze. it is a confident and self assured being that knows it's place in nature.
ps - after writing this, i learned that the latin name is buteo regalis - royal hawk.