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Oct 9, 2018 02:09:53   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
Cooper's Hawk
This afternoon about 5:30 I got to wondering why no birds at the peanuts and other feeders for quite some time. I mean all day the finches, sparrows, Jays and woodpeckers had been at the feeders and peanuts off and on. Even fussing when the peanuts ran out so I went out with more. And a woodpecker had been sitting on the old swing set and fussing at my little Jack Russell mix because she was plopped down between the birdbath and feeder where I put the peanuts. Tara was just waiting for one of the little lizards to come out from under one of the pots.
Well I looked and the shadow patterns up in the playhouse on top of the swing set under the roof didn't look right. Looked through the 100-400 and found the reason, wasn't shadows, it was a Cooper's Hawk. I shot a couple through the glass door, eased the door open and slowly walked to about 40'. and took a few, made it to the shadow of the pool slide at 20' and the hawk took off while AF was working. Went to the top of a tree next door. That tree is about 3 times as tall as my 2 story house. The hawk never came out of the leaves and branches where I could get a shot.
1. through the dirty double pane glass door at about 60' to show where the hawk was playing at being a 4x4 post (yes the old swing set needs to come down, dry rot and our youngest is now 24-I plan to use the 4x4s for a frame to put up a roofed spot for a picnic table-some day, maybe )
80D, 100-400L @ 100 mm, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 640 hand held
2. From 40' I do believe this bird doesn't like old guys with cameras getting too close.
80D, 100-400L @ 400 mm, 1/320 @ f/7.1 ISO 1000 hand held


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Oct 9, 2018 04:33:19   #
leenso52
 
Great shots!

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Oct 9, 2018 05:37:25   #
chuckrem
 
Nice shots!

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Oct 9, 2018 05:43:41   #
bonefish
 
Nice catch

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Oct 9, 2018 06:41:46   #
CLF (a regular here)
 
robertjerl wrote:
Cooper's Hawk
This afternoon about 5:30 I got to wondering why no birds at the peanuts and other feeders for quite some time. I mean all day the finches, sparrows, Jays and woodpeckers had been at the feeders and peanuts off and on. Even fussing when the peanuts ran out so I went out with more. And a woodpecker had been sitting on the old swing set and fussing at my little Jack Russell mix because she was plopped down between the birdbath and feeder where I put the peanuts. Tara was just waiting for one of the little lizards to come out from under one of the pots.
Well I looked and the shadow patterns up in the playhouse on top of the swing set under the roof didn't look right. Looked through the 100-400 and found the reason, wasn't shadows, it was a Cooper's Hawk. I shot a couple through the glass door, eased the door open and slowly walked to about 40'. and took a few, made it to the shadow of the pool slide at 20' and the hawk took off while AF was working. Went to the top of a tree next door. That tree is about 3 times as tall as my 2 story house. The hawk never came out of the leaves and branches where I could get a shot.
1. through the dirty double pane glass door at about 60' to show where the hawk was playing at being a 4x4 post (yes the old swing set needs to come down, dry rot and our youngest is now 24-I plan to use the 4x4s for a frame to put up a roofed spot for a picnic table-some day, maybe )
80D, 100-400L @ 100 mm, 1/320 @ f/7.1, ISO 640 hand held
2. From 40' I do believe this bird doesn't like old guys with cameras getting too close.
80D, 100-400L @ 400 mm, 1/320 @ f/7.1 ISO 1000 hand held
Cooper's Hawk br This afternoon about 5:30 I got t... (show quote)



Jerry, fantastic set and the last one is awesome.

Greg

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Oct 9, 2018 09:33:32   #
jederick (a regular here)
 
Great captures, Jerry!! Anytime you can get that close to a Cooper's Hawk is special!!

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Oct 9, 2018 10:18:01   #
TBerwick
 
Nice. #2 expression looks like "well, where did they all go?"

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Oct 9, 2018 13:53:47   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
leenso52 wrote:
Great shots!

Thanks

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Oct 9, 2018 13:54:11   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
chuckrem wrote:
Nice shots!


Thanks a lot.

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Oct 9, 2018 13:54:35   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
bonefish wrote:
Nice catch

Thanks

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Oct 9, 2018 13:55:19   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
CLF wrote:
Jerry, fantastic set and the last one is awesome.

Greg


Thanks very much.

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Oct 9, 2018 13:56:57   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
jederick wrote:
Great captures, Jerry!! Anytime you can get that close to a Cooper's Hawk is special!!


Thanks very much, I actually made it to about 20' using a pool slide for cover but when I stuck the camera around he took off before the AF was done.

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Oct 9, 2018 13:57:49   #
robertjerl (a regular here)
 
TBerwick wrote:
Nice. #2 expression looks like "well, where did they all go?"


Thank you.
My wife says he is saying "Well, are going to refill my bird feeder?"

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Oct 10, 2018 10:42:21   #
olemikey (a regular here)
 
Very good. Don't feel bad, I have an old two story playhouse that I need to do the same with, a 15 yr. old billy goat lives in the first floor now, and he has spent years beating the crap out of the playhouse, then hurricane Mathew tried to knock it down. I was hoping it would outlive the goat, but will probably have to build him a new "goathouse"!!!!

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Oct 10, 2018 11:25:17   #
phv (a regular here)
 
What a great shot!

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