Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Coopers Hawk



I never can manage to get a good photo of the local Coopers Hawk. I get almost close nearly every year, but I never get his face. This time he was hunting in our woods and I just happened to have my camera out by the pool. I grabbed it in time to zoom in and get this shot. Just as I put the camera down, he flew up and landed on our barn, saw us, and freaked out and left. Below, is a photo of the hawk I took in 2004 or 2005 through my office window.

4 Comments:

Blogger Pamela said...

what a beauty
look at those talons!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Fish-2 said...

They are hard to photograph. My brother has a lot of bird feeders behind his house, but when he came out the other day there wasn't a bird around them. He looked around a bit and saw a redtailed hawk sitting on top a squirrel's nest. I guess the smaller birds had seen him first.

Good shots.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

We call Cooper's hawk a chicken-hawk out here. We kept noticing half-eaten chicken corpses in the bushes on the edge of the forest. Then one day we saw the hawk and read up about it. It is one of the few hawks that eats its prey on the ground.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

I'll be darn, Patrick. Never knew what a chicken hawk was. But I think I was reading in Chas' blog about your dead chicken problems. Weird.

I think our hawk also will land on something low to eat. Once he landed on a chain link fence with a pigeon and picked the pigeon clean right there and ate him. Yuck!

1:46 PM  

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