Back in 2011 I lived in a small neighborhood, just eight blocks from Lake Michigan. On January 25th I had just started out for a walk with my then 10 year old son. A block down from our house he noticed a hawk flying and so I started snapping shots. The hawk circled once or twice closer and closer to a tree across the street from us. I continued to take photos and was fortunate to be able to document the hawk rousing the squirrel from the tree and the subsequent meal afterwards. There are a few shots missing of him diving down immediately after scaring the squirrel out of the tree. The images came out blurred and unusable. The rest is what I have, in order in the slide show below. This spontaneous moment is what led my interest in conservation photography.
After returning home to download the images, my son and I did a bit of research online of the hawk. We were able to identify it as a red shouldered hawk. As a home school family, this was also a wonderful opportunity for self-directed learning and we studied, through online resources everything we could find about these stunning birds.
The images below were taken with a Sony Cyber‑Shot DSC‑H10/B 8.1 MP Compact camera. This was my first camera that I had begun practicing with as a hobbyist photographer.
© Gloria Lynn Photography
Visual storyteller using conservation photography as a way to bring the stories of Mother Earth to the people, thereby inspiring others as Earthkeepers in nature.