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