This Cooper's Hawk showed up about a week ago in our backyard, and has made an appearance nearly daily since then.
He usually hangs around for a half hour or so, then flies off back into the woods. Things get real quiet while he's around.
So far we haven't seen him be successful and carry any off, but he has made a pass or two at an inattentive feeder bird.CoopersHawk06Apr2021_181web
by Marshall Smith
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Great shot Marshall. Love the bokeh. Mahalo for sharing.
Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
Great capture of a beautiful raptor. The background bokeh really sets him off.
He has to eat too.
It is certainly a beautiful hawk and an excellent photo.
Have a few and they are definitely opportunistic.
Super shot. Could not be improved upon.
Thanks, all! I was satisfied the way it turned out.
Especially since just a few days before I had taken more than a hundred frames from the exact same vantage point and NONE were acceptably sharp when I looked at them on the computer. Same open window, same beanbag, same camera, with similar settings. Very disappointing!
That day was sunnier and warmer, and the best I can come up with is heat haze caused by air turbulence coming up from the wood deck below the second floor window where I was shooting from.
Beware the dreaded heat haze!
Great shot. I have been surprised to not see a hawk at my feeder.
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