I “shot” this hawk couple on their nest on a rural road in southern Alberta back in 2009.
I’ve been asked several times over the years if this is a photo of a diorama in some museum. It’s definitely a live shot.
I saw the nest as I was slowly cruising down a rural road. It was likely the Red Coat Trail, or a parallel road nearby.
I spotted the nest, drove past it in an attempt to allay suspicions, and slowly wandered back toward it, hiding any equipment, as hawks are very shy of anything that looks like a “projection” or rifle.
I slowly angled into the ditch and eventually snapped several shots, but the parents were getting agitated, so I backed off.
Just in time. The male swooped me seconds later as I was backing away, but seeing that I was already retreating, he stayed 5-10 meters above me.
An exhilarating experience, but one that also respected the birds. As soon as I knew I was intruding, I backed off.
If you try this, please give them their space, too. Thanks!