Cooper’s in the Hood

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On my way home from the train yesterday afternoon, I was barely paying attention to the chatter of local birds when I looked up into a tree across the street I was approaching, and saw the distinct form of a Cooper’s Hawk enjoying an early dinner. I had taken the 100-400mm lens and the 7D with me to the lakefront early in the morning before work, so I decided to try and maybe get a few pictures of the hawk.

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By the time I got my camera out of my backpack, he’d grown aware of my presence and moved on to another perch, sans prey.

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Then it was across the street into a yard with a playset, affording a jumble of perches.

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Again, I’m just not tall enough to shoot over the fence.

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The hawk finally decided to give me an opportunity to take in his majesty, perhaps so I’d quit wasting his time and he could move on.

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The chattering of the smaller birds was incessant, by the way, reminding me to pay more attention to them in the future.

7 thoughts on “Cooper’s in the Hood

  1. Great shots of the Cooper’s Hawk, Lisa. I see that you use my favorite camera combo, the Canon 7D and their 100-400mm lens. I also have a 500mm. I use a Cooper’s photo on my car sign, and also on my business card. Love that close-up you have in the beginning of this post.

    • Thanks, Bob! Really special compliment, with your expertise and being a Cooper’s aficionado. I just got lucky. I’m not going to press my luck and try to carry this combo to work every day. 🙂

      • I agree, it is somewhat of a heavy load for your backpack that you mentioned. And thanks for the nice compliment, although I would hardly call myself an expert on anything. 🙂

  2. I’ve seen this Cooper’s Hawk! One of the guys who came to the house to see the varied thrush gave me a picture of this hawk about to start eating a freshly caught starling. Your pictures are just great.

    • Thanks! Cooper’s have really adapted well to suburbia. They like the lakefront parks too. I usually find piles of mourning dove feathers in my yard and suspected the hawks. …I am tempted to visit your Varied Thrush again; I hear he’s still hanging out. 🙂

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