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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Our World-Cooper’s Hawk

When the little birds scatter it’s time to hawk watch. At least sometimes.
01 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x815)
This immature (I think) Cooper’s hawk hid well in the ever green oaks.
02 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (920x1024)
Oh for more camera zoom, and less foliage.
03 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x768)
Then it headed for the ground…
04 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1013x1024)
…and slowly walked across the yard…
05 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x743)
…flew up onto the bird feeders’ stand…
06 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x743)
…and surveyed the scene.
07 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x742)
For a while.
08 Immaure Cooper's Hawk flying off Yarnell AZ (1024x745)
Then flew off.
09 Immaure Cooper's Hawk Yarnell AZ (1024x768)
About an hour later it flew in again, but didn’t hang around long.
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Unfortunately I can’t count this hawk for the GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count), unless it shows up again today. Did you counting birds this weekend. Check it out.
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(Update:  The hawk flew through in a flash this morning so I added it to my count today. Plus there was a rabbit but don't suppose that counts)
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29 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Gaelyn these photos are fantastic. You have a better zoom that I have - I struggle to get any of our birds on film except through our window, and they seem to be a million miles away :( Diane

Teri said...

These are really good pics of him checking out your yard. Love seeing the little feet as he flew away.

dAwN said...

Hee hee..I love the feet flying away photo too!

Nina Fitzgerald said...

Ooohh Great feet photo!!!

Quiet Paths said...

You truly got some super shots of the Cooper. What a treat!!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Oh, look at his bad self! Great shots, and I love the "taking off" picture.

Roxanne
The Good Luck Duck

Sivinden said...

You were lucky that he came down from the tree, - superb shots!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, these are such terrific captures, Gaelyn! And such a gorgeous bird! Love his eyes and the shot of his legs as he's flying away! Magnificent! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

What a cool morning you had there! I wish I had your zoom lens.

Small City Scenes said...

Great shots of the Coopers, once he got out of the foliage. Very very good.

I like my boots too. A little almost bling for the old lady---LOL. MB

Gary said...

Wonderful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Very cool shots of your Hawk. And a great bird to add to your list. Not so great for the little feeder birds. Wonderful shots.

FotoAnna said...

Great serie of the Hawk... I love it!
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

glad to see this! beautiful hawk!

terrific group of photos.

Barb said...

You got some great ground and bird feeder shots of that hawk, Gaelyn! I'd be excited to see one. I bet the other birds were keeping a low profile though. (Any chance you could get rid of the anti spam - Im having great difficulty with it.)

Elaine said...

Good work, Gaelyn! You had to have been wishing very hard to make him land on your feeder for you.

EG Wow said...

Nice of the Cooper's hawk to show up for the count! Flying rabbits? :))

Martha Z said...

How nice of him to come visit, I'm sure the songbirds appreciated his attention.
I had one pose for me recently (image tomorrow) but he only showed me his back. Yours was much more cooperative, you got some great shots, you didn't need more zoom.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to see this beautiful bird and to get to take it's portrait. I have never done bird counting, don't know what type they are, not well enough. But i do enjoy them all the same.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

What a gorgeous bird!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I enjoyed seeing your photos of the hawk! I wonder if he was trying to capture the rabbit you spotted the next day?

Kathiesbirds said...

Gaelyn, you still got some nice shots! I'm glad you did the GBBC! Yes it is a juvenile or immature. You can tell by the dark vertical streaks on the breast instead of the golden barring on an adult. The adult would also have a gray back and head plumage, while this youngster is still mostly brown.

Ebie said...

I have not done bird counting, lucky if I even see a few. I am never lucky to see these beautiful birds so tame to pose for the camera!

Kate said...

Again, sublime photos, I need to get back to the southwest!

Thérèse said...

A treat! Still this hawk is as watchful as you are.

Bibi said...

Wonderful shots. I especially just love the feet leaving the photo!

Firefly said...

You feed the little birds and indirectly feed the hawk *wink*

Johnny Nutcase said...

I love the photos of him on the ground , very cool! Looks like he let you get pretty close!

Splendid Little Stars said...

How awesome to see this!

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