Imagine walking a toddler or a puppy. Everything at low-level is worth examining. "What did you put in your mouth?!" "Don't touch that!" "Dirty, DIRTY! "Put that down". "Spit that out!" But "toddler hawks" are free to explore their space without parental guidance. I saw this baby eat mud, play with weeds, "read" leaves, strut through muck. I fully expect to see any of the babies eat worm. Everything they do at this point leads to survival skills. Everything has to be investigated.
The images look as if I was too close. Not so. My lens is a powerful one. These were shot from a distance, images cropped for close action.