Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Big Bird

Accipiter cooperii
There are a couple of Cooper's Hawks that are visiting my yard quite regularly this winter. This is the largest, a juvenile judging by the colour, and a female by the size, she looks to be about 18 t0 20 inches.

She sat in the tree in the neighbour's yard for over 15 minutes,
eyeing me as I moved around taking photos of her from all angles.
 
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52 comments:

Linda W. said...

It's like the hawk was modeling for you. Great shots!

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! i have a few shots of one similar to this, but not nearly as clear as yours!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

You need to make calenders and sell them. I tell ya, your pics are absolutely STUNNING. I feel as though they look better than seeing in person. I have bad eyesight so I know I wouldn't even notice the birds you capture. Thank you so much for the eye candy. It's thrilling to behold, seriously.

Muffie said...

That's one enormous bird! The photos, as always, are gorgeous!

Findlay Wilde said...

She looks really quite fierce. From Findlay

Peter Jones said...

Great looking Coops... well captured . Peter (Bird Guide)

HansHB said...

Gorgeous photos!
Well done!

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful bird and your captures are awesome as always, Karen!! Hope your week is going well! Love the bunny on Beep's blog!!

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the hawk.

Gordon said...

They are both cracking shots, looking at them I could almost feel the texture of the feathers.
All the best Gordon.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow I love that birds coloring...and you got some great shots of it!

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, my, he's a beautiful specimen. Love that intense look in his eye. Marvelous images, Karen. Bravo!

Laura said...

These are stunning photos of this magnificent bird Karen!

Nancy J said...

This is one for a book, truly stunning. Cheers from Jean

Pamela Gordon said...

You got some beautiful photos of this hawk! She's beautiful.

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic! Your photos allowed a great view of those feathers and how they form such an intricate pattern. A beautiful bird Karen and marvelous shots!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful 'big' bird.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful...those eyes!!! Glaring...enough to drill a hole into you...but still, some gorgeous creation here. And you've managed to capture it in all its glory.

mick said...

Great photos of a beautiful bird. I like the way the eye seems to be looking at you.

Elephant's Child said...

What a privilege to have this stunning bird visit. Wow.

Debbie said...

gorgeous....america's next top model, i am surprised she did not fly off!!

eileeninmd said...

The eyes are amazing! Awesome shots of the hawk! Well done, Karen!

RedPat said...

Fabulous pics! Waiting for some of your wee birds I guess.

Wally Jones said...

Beautiful!

Very nice work getting such clean images of this magnificent raptor!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

These are beautiful photos of the hawk, Karen! Every feather is so detailed.
thanks for stopping by to visit me today.

Dianne said...

Isn't it wonderful when they don't flit away the moment we put a camera in our hands. Lovely Hawk captures.
You would not like it here in Adelaide at the moment Karen with a week of over 40*C .... the only time I venture out us when the sun has dipped below the horizon.

genie said...

Karen...You really got some fabulous shots. His colors are gorgeous and your photography of him is superb.

The Furry Gnome said...

Fabulous picture!

Rambling Woods said...

You are good. I know yellow eyes are young hawk, but we get both sharpie and coops here... Hard to tell the difference.... Michelle

Stephanie said...

Wow and the sun shining on her. She is magnificent!

Light and Voices said...

These photographs blow me away!
JM Illinois
U.S.A.

Les... said...

awesomely good pics!!
that is one beautiful raptor!
isnt that eye just so magnetic.. *S*

Andy said...

Nice. Perhaps it was sizing you up as a meal. :)

Phil Slade said...

Hi Karen. Teal is our smallest duck at 36cm (14").Brillinant shots of the Cooper's Hawk - it's looking really fierce and meaning business.

Cath H.C Photographie said...

Belle et magnifique photo !
Bonne journée.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful lighting highlighting the tones and patterns of the feathers. And love the branch framing. Both photos are stunning.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Just perfect images of this beauty, You are so fortunate to have them so near. I was taking images of one the other day, through glass a good 200' away, not so good;)

Dave said...

Lovely species

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Beautiful bird. Fierce-looking eyes, but next year they will be red and on fire!

Don Wood said...

I love all birds but Raptors are my favourite. Thanks for following my blog Don

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A beautiful Cooper's Hawk! Good sized. What lovely pictures.

NatureFootstep said...

a stunning bird and great shots. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Bold and beautiful!

Carole M. said...

lovely to see the Coopers Hawk Karen, and right in your own place too; lovely with the blue sky backdrop

Rose said...

Wonderful captures!!!!!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Not a bird we see in the wild in the UK, though they are commonly owned by falconers. Superbly detailed photos.

Sirpa said...

What a great bird!!

beep said...

WOW!Do have a hawk again gramma? It is so buotafal!;)

Icy BC said...

Wow..Karen, your copper hawk photos are just fantastic and clear.

I took some photos of the hawk around here this past week, and my camera is now equipped with adequate zooming :-(

ladyfi said...

Wow - amazing shots.

Linda said...

Beautiful hawks!

Me said...

Incredible! What an amazing bird. I just wish it would stop eating our little birds.