207/366 | Cooper

July 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Cooper's Hawk is a year-round bird for our area. Two days in a row on my walk I spooked one out of a grove of pine trees as I passed by and he went screeching to a tall oak on the other side of the street. When it happened again this morning, I decided to return with my camera. Since I was in my car and too tired to walk across the boulevard, I pulled over, walked to the median with phone in hand and played the Cooper's sound. Hot dog! He took the bait and flew over to the oak. Although the light was flat and dismal, I managed to come away with a halfway decent image!

This is a medium-sized, agile hawk. Adults have a bluish gray back, white chest and belly with rufous bars, and red eyes. Juveniles have a brown back and brown vertical streaks on a white chest and belly with yellow eyes. This appears to be a first-year juvenile. He was quite disturbed by my presence, so I didn't terrorize him for too long.

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400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 320 | 1/1000 sec

 


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