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:

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

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

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  3. 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.

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

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  5. She looks really quite fierce. From Findlay

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

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  7. 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!!

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

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

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

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  11. These are stunning photos of this magnificent bird Karen!

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

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

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  21. Beautiful!

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

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

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  23. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  30. 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.

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

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  32. 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;)

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

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

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

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  36. a stunning bird and great shots. :)

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

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

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

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  40. 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 :-(

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  41. Wow - amazing shots.

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

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