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Carol Keeler | all galleries >> Gallery:Raptors, eagles, hawks, owls >> Gallery: Accipters-Sharpshin and Cooper's Hawks > The Yawn
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The Yawn

With blustery conditions and many snow squalls, I've had many birds at my feeders. That brings in the accipters too. I noticed this one sitting in the crabapple out front. I believe it's a Cooper's hawk. Another birder IDed it using these traits. The vertical, light-colored brush-cut in back:the horizontal dark top of the head:the eye appearing very far forward: ant the outer tailfeather successively shorter. I have both sharpies and Cooper's hawks around my yard. This is the first time this year that I was able to catch one in the tree out front. It yawned several times as if bored. It was interesting that there were chickadees and tufted titmice actively going to the feeders with this big guy sitting there. Eventually, the Cooper's went for a bird, but did not catch it. It sat in a different spot for a bit, and then flew off. The next two images in the accipter gallery were for indentification purposes only.

Nikon D300
1/320s f/8.0 at 300.0mm iso400 full exif

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Ann Shapiro29-Jan-2010 01:00
Great shot Carol - I love the berries on the crabapple with the Hawk and snow...awesome! I am sure you were really excited when you got to capture this one....BV
Jeff Barbour29-Jan-2010 00:34
Fantastic shot Carol...V
Larry Umthun28-Jan-2010 21:41
Love the setting.