Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cooper's Hawk

 Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

I was out looking for snow buntings and snowy owls when I spotted this hawk sitting atop...


Giving me the evil eye

storage crates in front of barns in the Holland Marsh, an area north of Toronto famous for growing vegetables such as onions and carrots. I suspect this hawk was searching for pigeons, not that hard to find but maybe hard to sneak up on if you're a hungry Cooper's hawk.

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44 comments:

Indrani said...

Wow! That is a great find!
Well captured.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome sighting and photos. Happy weekend!

Revrunner said...

A neighbor of mine was just telling me about a Coopers Hawk he had just photographed.

cieldequimper said...

Hello you! Hope you found something to eat!

Pamela Gordon said...

Nice capture. The first one is great. I got a photo of one last year. It was the first one I'd ever seen up close and right in our backyard.

Sandra said...

Handsome dude... love the details in his feathers

Kate said...

Looks like the hawk is concentrating on something.

The Furry Gnome said...

How do you possibly get such great pictures?!

Birdman said...

On the lookout for dinner. Buntings beware!

Karen S. said...

Too funny, but he may have been worried that you might get his snack first!

TexWisGirl said...

they're so handsome.

Andrea said...

He is a handsome youngster. The winters are probably hard for him since it is a new experience hunting in the cold. He is doing his best to stay warm ... hope he finds food. Our lady Coopers Hawk (who has red eyes this year ... she made it to adulthood) Snatched a Starling in my yard yesterday. I am ambivalent, but was glad she got food to get her through another very cold day.

Andrea @ FRom The Sol

Andrea said...

He is a handsome youngster. The winters are probably hard for him since it is a new experience hunting in the cold. He is doing his best to stay warm ... hope he finds food. Our lady Coopers Hawk (who has red eyes this year ... she made it to adulthood) Snatched a Starling in my yard yesterday. I am ambivalent, but was glad she got food to get her through another very cold day.

Andrea @ FRom The Sol

William Kendall said...

He certainly looks fierce!

George said...

You got great pictures even if he was giving you the evil eye.

Taken For Granted said...

That's a beautiful hawk well photographed. You've got a good eye and a fast trigger finger.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I had a smallish hawk sitting on my backyard fence 2x recently...but I couldn't get a good glimpse as to what he was. From the coloring I think it might have been this kind. He was thinking to get one of my small birds, I imagine. :(

Great shots!

Deb from Homespun & Frugal Little Bungalow

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He was sizing you up -- but decided you wouldn't make a good meal! What a beautiful little hawk!

Judy said...

Wow! That look means business. Great shot of a beautiful bird.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

All fluffed up to keep warm too.

Linda W. said...

Cool photo! That is one stern expression.

Lisa Gordon said...

Yup, that does look like the "evil eye," but what a magnificent creature.

Gail Dixon said...

He's a beauty! You captured him so well. :)

Giga said...

To wspaniały ptak i miło na niego patrzeć. Pozdrawiam.
It's a great bird and nice to look at him. Yours.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI EG Great shot of the Hawk but keep looking for the Snow Buntings because I would love to see them. We have not seen them here this year yet in Northern Ireland

RedPat said...

I love how he is so puffed up to stay warm! Down certainly does the trick.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Great cropped Coopers Hawk. Enjoyed.
Joy

Lowell said...

Methinks he has not yet found a pigeon for he does not look very happy! Very cool photo!

Stuart said...

What a majestic bird. Fantastic shot !

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a very handsome bird.

Rose said...

He's a beauty!

Rose said...

He's a beauty!

HansHB said...

Cool serie!

Nicki said...

that is an evil-eye look - but how cool to come across this hawk (but I'd keep moving cause it looks like it might be willing to take on a human if no pigeons are available).

Adam Jones said...

That's a cracking bird. Great shots

Adam Jones said...

That's a cracking bird. Great shots

Jocee said...

What a beauty!

Karen said...

Great find EG! I have one in my yard a lot!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fab shot EG, I love the way birds puff themselves up to keep warm :)

llandudnopictures said...

A very well fed looking bird, clearly a very adept hunter!

Anni said...

Wow.....just plain wow!! What a beautiful stance you've shared. It's gorgeous, isn't it?!!

NatureFootstep said...

very nice images of the hawk. :)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great photos, especially the close-up shot... almost looks like he's posing!

edenhills said...

Great capture! Those hawks are always so impressive looking.

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