A Cooper’s hawk perched in an evergreen tree stares intently into the camera. Minutes before this photo it had nabbed a small bird out of the sky in a low, looping chase that spiraled across several yards on our block.
A #CoopersHawk came to hang out in our yard while I was on a conference call. Thankfully I was on mute and was able to grab my camera with the good lens and telex already setup. I have better/sharper shots but this one is funny.
When ya gotta go, ya gotta go 🤷🏻♂️💩
File this under things you don’t normally see at the feeder. 👀
For the record it didn’t feed, just perched. Still, WOW!
Took me a while to identify it. Thinking juvenile #CoopersHawk which is very different from how the grownups look.
This morning watched a big Cooper's Hawk fly right overhead; closely pursued by two #hummingbirds buzzing after her hell-for-leather. Normally accipiters are the one group of hawks that doesn't get constantly harassed by smaller birds - because they are more maneuverable and apt to turn the tables - but hummingbirds are just flatly not concerned!
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I always enjoy stepping outside & listening to the surround-sound Avian Chorus. This Perpetual Journal art depicts just a few of the birds we hear regularly in our yard!
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In the woods.
This cooper's hawk was around a while back and I had the opportunity to get several photographs. This one was just inside the wooded area behind my property.
"Life is tricky for male Cooper’s Hawks. As in most hawks, males are significantly smaller than their mates. The danger is that female Cooper’s Hawks specialize in eating medium-sized birds. Males tend to be submissive to females and to listen out for reassuring call notes the females make when they’re willing to be approached. Males build the nest, then provide nearly all the food to females and young over the next 90 days before the young fledge." - allaboutbirds.org
This #CoopersHawk, Accipiter Cooperii, was watching me inch closer as it was perched on a Spruce tree branch in my backyard waiting for unsuspecting birds, mice or squirrels.
Cooper's Hawk In Predator Mode available here
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My eldest daughter has a good eye. She saw this Cooper's Hawk (a local) dive trying to catch one of the birds at our feeder. It landed on the ground, hopped onto the top of the feeder for a few seconds, before taking off and circling briefly.
In the wild.
This is a Cooper's hawk flying past. At first, I didn't like this composition but it's growing on me. I wanted the top of the pine tree in the picture.
"Cooper's Hawks capture prey using the element of surprise, perching quietly, then bursting from cover on foot or zipping through dense vegetation on the wing in pursuit. They prey almost exclusively on small to mid-sized birds, ranging from American Robins and Northern Flickers to Mourning Doves." -abcbirds.org
Over there looks more comfortable.
This cooper's hawk obviously felt that I was crowding its personal space.
"The crow-sized Cooper's Hawk is a raptor of the woodlands, with short, rounded wings and a long tail — excellent adaptations for pursuing smaller birds through thick understory. Folk names for this forest stalker include big blue darter, chicken hawk, striker, and swift hawk. It's named after the naturalist William Cooper, one of the founders of the New York Lyceum of Natural History (now the New York Academy of Sciences)." - abcbirds.org
The Coopers Hawk is a frequent visitor to my backyard in #Guelph #Ontario Canada, and silently sits perched in the Spruce tree swiveling its head to watch the unsuspecting birds and squirrels.
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Here’s another of my Perpetual Journal entries: Cooper’s Hawk (watercolor). We regularly see these in our yard!
(In Perpetual Journals you draw/write 1x/week & leave room on each page to draw/write that same week the next year & following years until each page is full).
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A Hawk's Stare.
This cooper's hawk was around a few weeks ago. I haven't seen it again though. Luckly, when it was here, I took a lot of photographs.
"In many traditions, hawks are sacred: Apollo's messengers for the Greeks, sun symbols for the ancient Egyptians and, in the case of the Lakota Sioux, embodiments of clear vision, speed and single-minded dedication." - John Burnside
A #CoopersHawk has been hanging around, trying to find prey in the yard, without much luck so far. Yesterday, he took a seat on the camera, and then this fun photo came about. It is a good example to learn one of the features of the Cooper’s Hawk - its rounded tail feathers and the broad white tail tip.
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Time to go!
This cooper's hawk had just about enough of me and decided that it was time to leave.
I like the quality of this photograph, but I think the composition could be better. But what can you do, the hawk picked the location. Besides, I often find that my judgement of what other people will like is way off.
"A Cooper's Hawk captures a bird with its feet and kills it by repeated squeezing. Falcons tend to kill their prey by biting it, but Cooper’s Hawks hold their catch away from the body until it dies. They’ve even been known to drown their prey, holding a bird underwater until it stopped moving." - allaboutbirds.org
Yesterday, I posted a photo of this bird in flight. If you haven't already seen the photo, please take a look; it describes how I discovered the bird. This hawk was sitting on a branch overlooking my bird feeder. Needless to say, there were no birds around, other than the hawk that is. Notice how the hawk is standing on one leg and has the other tucked in.
I went to take my dogs out for a few minutes and took my camera. Stepping out the backdoor, I noticed the stillness of the yard. There were no birds around the feeder, not even the pigeons or sparrows. Then, I happened to look up in the old oak tree that sits inside the fence and there sat a cooper's hawk on a branch overlooking the feeder. I started snapping photos. This isn't the best; I'll save it for tomorrow.
A hawk just tried to eat one of our chickens. Not the big Red-tailed Hawk that has been sitting over the back yard every day lately, but a much smaller Coopers Hawk. They eat birds, but a chicken is a bit harder to subdue than a sparrow, fortunately, so I had time to run out and scare it away. Chicken are hiding now, so I’m crossing my fingers that there are no serious injuries. #accipter #predation #BackyardChickens #Chickens #CoopersHawk
I startled a ground squirrel while looking for something that was chirping in a fenced-off area of a park with a pair of transmission towers.
The squirrel hid, but this hawk - which I suspect was looking for the squirrel - flew out and perched on the fence for a few minutes before flying up to one of the lower struts on the nearer tower.