Northern Goshawk?

I’ve been trying to get a photo of this hunter of the skies for a very long time.

I often see it when it’s too late, in the midst of its steep dive onto its prey, for a while I believed someone was operating a drone and dropping it to ground quickly, but then realized its a raptor of some sort.

It lurks very high, floating when it can in wind gusts, scanning below, often turning its head completely to study the space beneath, and then it happens…wings fold, it drops from the sky at an angle, opening, adjusting wings to stay on course, and then, gone below the tree line where I am certain it gets its prey…

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Great encounter yesterday with this incredible creature. Overcast day at the refuge, not too many people, but a lot of migratory birds. Walking the exterior of the main pond, passers by asked if I saw the Eagles in the tree nearby, I hadn’t, and was thankful they pointed me back towards a trail I had bypassed.

I am always amazed at the size of these creature. And also the intimidation factor of those talons.

Nikon D5300/Sigma 150-500mm

Aerial Combat

Very active sky yesterday afternoon. Crows attacking this hawk. At one time it was seven to one. The Hawk departed the area unscathed!
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