Cooper's Hawk

Today was a great day for bird watching out along the dikes while on my morning walk.  I arrived a bit later than usual and ended up heading in a different direction to avoid following another walker with dogs that had arrived just before me (Spencer would not have been pleased with that scenario).  The change in scenery worked out well though, as I saw heron, an eagle, a northern flicker and I was lucky enough to see a cooper’s hawk for the first time in many months.  I managed a few shots while it hunted along the grassy edge of the river.

 

A cooper's hawk flies along the Pitt River looking for prey. 1/500sec, f8.0, ISO200
A cooper’s hawk flies along the Pitt River looking for prey.
1/500sec, f8.0, ISO200

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Cooper's Hawk

I was lucky enough to have my camera while out on a walk early yesterday morning along the dikes.  It was quite foggy, and I was hoping to capture a few shots for a project I am working on.  I saw some moment in the tall grasses along the edge of the river, and managed to capture a sequence of a Cooper’s Hawk hunting.  I didn’t manage to see in the end if he or she was success in the hunt, but it was still a great thing to witness.  The thick fog adds a bit of a vintage feel to the pictures.

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