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Swainson's Hawk Divebomb Attack | by Raymond Lee Photography
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Swainson's Hawk Divebomb Attack

Parkland County, AB, Canada

August 21, 2011


Tip of the day: Never lock your car doors if you're shooting wildlife near your car, especially when you're in an open area.


The above shot was one of those divebombing moments at a low angle by the Swainson's Hawk. It was also my fastest dive into my car's driver seat with some profane words on the way.


I saw a pair of these Swainson's Hawks flying not too high and next to the road. So I made a U-turn, and stopped at the side of the road. When I got out of the car and stood next to the rear side of my car, this hawk started to divebomb me from across the road. I totally didn't expect that! In fact the hawk flew in several times even when I was sitting inside my car with my lens sticking out.

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Taken on August 21, 2011