Saturday, August 8, 2015

COOPER'S HAWK


While sitting in my in-law's sun room not so long ago I saw this beauty gracefully glide down towards one of the many squirrels feeding in their garden.  No squirrel was harmed as the one he was after ran up one of the large pine trees as fast as greased lightning.  The others disappeared just as quickly.  He waited around for a while and eventually flew away.  It wasn't long before the squirrels appeared and resumed their feeding.


I am thinking this is a Cooper's Hawk but please correct me if I am wrong.














I am sharing with the following enjoyable memes, with grateful thanks to our hosts. You can see other participants by visiting the links below.

Misty at Camera Critters 
Eileen at Saturday Critters
Anni at Bird D'Pot
Judith's Mosaic Monday
Michelle at Nature Notes

25 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Such a beautiful bird. Thank you.

Linda said...

Such a lovely bird, and what beautiful markings!

Valerie said...

I like the way you displayed the hawk. Great.

I had a white foxglove this year, a first. I've only had the coloured ones before. All of them are guests, never planted one in my life... smiles. I've had a few strangers this year, thanks to the birds.

Möwe von der Insel said...

Looks like he saw you too, Denise :)
I'm glad the squirrels made it without
beeing harmed.

Happy weekend!
Möwe

Margaret Adamson said...

Fabulous bird and shots and I especially love the green collage. Have a wonderful weekend.

KaHolly said...

Excellent captures!

SeagullSuzie said...

You did so well to capture those images..my camera is rarely at the ready. Love the banner image of Kingswear. I'm sorry I have yet to catch up with your holiday posts.

Jane and Chris said...

Fabulous shots of a handsome creature.
Jane x
PS LOVE the header!

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! such sharp-eyed creatures!

Snap said...

Isn't he lovely?! How nice that he swooped in and then poised for his portrait. Happy Critter Day!

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird! Enjoy your weekend, Denise.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Watchfully waiting, that's what that beautiful hawk is doing! Lovely pictures.

William Kendall said...

Quite a distinctive bird!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, awesome captures of the hawk! It is handsome. I love the mosaic! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Rose said...

Wonderful captures...I just never am sure of what hawks I am seeing unless it is a Norther Harrier and I have been watching it a spell.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very pretty, love the way he posed for you.
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schmidleysscribblins.com said...

You got some great photos. I have a difficult time distinguishing the Cooper from the Broadtail hawk.

Red said...

I'll say you got some great photos and a good story to go along with it.

Kathy said...

Great shots of this powerful hunter.

Anni said...

Wow....incredible. And to think, all you had to do was look out the window from the sunroom!

Thanks for sharing this post with us bird enthusiasts at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Marie C said...

He looks just like the young Cooper's I had recently in my back yard! Beautiful shots! (Glad the squirrel got away! :-) )

Hannah said...

How great to be able to take the hawk after the squirrels. I have both but don't see the hawk up close, just in the sky, and I don't have much hope they will diminish my squirrel population, they eat all my nuts before they are even ripe. I guess this is a juvenile so maybe harder to identify?

Leora said...

It's a lovely, proud hawk. So cool that you captured it in photos.

Rambling Woods said...

What a treat to catch this awesome raptor and you made a beautiful collage. I have only seen one young red-tail in the yard here.. it is harder to hunt with all the trees and shrubs leafed out now... Michelle

bettyl-NZ said...

These are such majestic birds. How great that you got this opportunity.