The Eyes Have It

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.


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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.



About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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18 Responses to The Eyes Have It

  1. avian101 says:

    Simply gorgeous wildlife! Nice captures Cindy! Please stay away from bears! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    Fantastic photos. I often wish my subjects would look at me. Too often they are looking wistfully away, avoiding contact.

  3. I’m with you on the grizzly! Great photos.

  4. Jeff Katzer says:

    Im already looking forward to spring when our osprey return.

  5. Lyle Krahn says:

    Great eyes all of them. Interesting how the older ones get more intimidating. And I’ll be the contrarion – keep photographing bears. With reasonable precautions you’ll be fine.

  6. The juvie great grey owl looks like a gang banger teen with his pants around his knees 🙂

  7. Wonderful photos! The owls are so funny.

  8. Jet Eliot says:

    Wow, Cindy, these photos are spectacular. The black bear and the grizzly photos are crazy! And the great gray owls, mmmm, what a treat to see them. Every photo is a delight, thank you.

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