Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
|Copyright: Robert Daveant (bobdaveant) (302)|
|Date Taken: 2008-04-24|
|Camera: Canon EOS 20D, EF 75-300mm III USM|
|Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 18:14|
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|Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii- Photo taken near my home.|
The Cooper's Hawk, is a crow sized accipiter very similar to the smaller, robin or pigeon sized Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was named by Charles Bonaparte in 1828 after William Cooper, who collected the specimens that were used to describe the species.
A bird of mixed forests and open woodlands, they are found across the USA, Mexico and southern Canada through Central America to Costa Rica. This raptor is the scourage of the backyard bird feeding enthusiast, especially in winter months, when they flash through backyards to snatch an unwary songbird from a feeding station. They can be a problem at a banding station as well when they get caught while attempting to take songbirds caught in nets or traps, as this individual did.
The Cooper's Hawk is from 14 to 21 inches long, with a wingspan of from 27 to 36 inches. The male, smaller than the female, is about the same size as the female Sharp-shinned Hawk.
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He looks like he's lost a leg?? How unusual. Are you sure it's a red-tail though? Kinda looks like a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Either way, it's a splendid capture! Great detail and pose, comp, bg. Everything works great! That one leg is so odd! :)
- [2008-04-25 20:32]
Hi Robert, An excellent sharp photo well cropped and presented. You are fortunate to have such birds around your home. TFS. Murray.
wonderfull shot , nice deep sharpness