We all know that you’re not supposed to make eye contact with wild animals. Or even with the neighborhood dogs. Or cats. Which must be why it is so disconcerting when a wild critter makes eye contact with us.
It can be pretty creepy.
Ospreys are good at the intimidating stare. This guy absolutely did not want me getting any closer to his lunch:
Even if they don’t have a snack to protect, any raptor will give you the evil eye if you take one step too close.
A Great Grey Owl might not seem too scary from 50 feet away, but get a little closer and his glare can look a bit more predatory.
Juveniles try to intimidate, but somehow they just can’t pull it off.
Sometimes, though, there’s really no malevolence in the stare. It’s all curiosity. What are you doing out here?
Oddly enough, even a meat-eating predator can manage to look you in the eye and not be scary. What’s that about?
A grizzly bear, though….
Is this guy looking at me? Maybe. But I’m not going any closer to find out.