WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

11–14 Years Old

Liina Heikkinen, Finland

The stare of a goshawk

Liina and her father arrived at the forest hide before sunrise, laying a red squirrel road-kill nearby as bait. At dawn, an adult male goshawk landed at the carcass to feed. As it pulled off strips of flesh it paused, lifting its head to stare straight into the hide. ‘An unforgettable moment in an unforgettable day,’ says Liina. Known as the phantom of the forest, goshawks hunt by ambush amid the foliage, swift and silent. Their short wings are ideally adapted for weaving through the trees, while their large tails provide extra lift as they manoeuvre through small gaps in pursuit of prey.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/640 sec at f5.6; ISO 800; tripod; hide.


Kouvola, Finland: latitude 60.86753, longitude 26.699322 Kouvola, Finland: latitude 60.86753, longitude 26.699322

Kouvola, Finland

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Liina Heikkinen

Liina Heikkinen, Finland

Liina comes from a family of wildlife photographers, and went on her first nature photography trip at the age of eight. Her favourite subjects are birds – she photographs golden eagles and goshawks in the winter months, and whooper swans returning from migration in the spring.

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