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Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-08 8:13
Viewed: 4064
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have a difficult time distinguishing between a Cooper's and a Sharp Shinned Hawk so please correct me if my identification is wrong.

Cooper's Hawk

The Coop is a medium-sized raptor closely related to sharp-shinned hawks and northern goshawks. Adult birds have short, broad wings and long tails for navigating through woodlands and thickets. The back is bluish-gray on adult males and more brownish-gray on adult females. The large, square-shaped head has a dark cap and lighter nape (back of the head). The hooked beak is dark with a lighter colored cere or waxy membrane that covers the upper portion of the bill and contains the nostrils.

Eye color changes with age from yellow to orange and then to red. The belly and breast have reddish-brown crosshatched markings, similar to those of the adult sharp-shinned. Immature birds have longer wings and tails than the adults, and the undersides have brown streaks that extend down the breast but not so much on the cream-colored belly. The backs of both sexes are brownish. The tail has a rounded tip and alternating bands of dark and grayish feathers.

The Cooper’s Hawk is named for William Cooper (1798 to 1864), a New York naturalist who collected specimens of the hawk, which Charles Lucien Bonaparte used in officially naming and describing the bird. Cooper named and described the Evening Grosbeak in 1825, and later on became the first American to join the London Zoological Society.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-08 8:23]

Hello Jane,
Superb capture!
This is an immature Cooper's Hawk well taken from a frontal POV with very nice sharpness and natural colours. The composition and Bg add to the appeal of this image.
TFS this excellent shot,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-08 8:25]

Hello Jane,
I think you got right, a juvenile male Cooper's Hawk.
Great sharpness, details, natural colours and set in a very good composition. Nice OOF BG. A beauty in a very fine pose!

Ciao Jane, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-08 9:49]

Hello Jane,
This is a brilliant capture of the Cooper's Hawk in a lovely pose!
I like the head in profile and the sharp focus on the eye. Great view of the sharp claws too! Excellent sharpness, beautiful light and natural colours. It stands out very nicely against the contrasting background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-08 10:00]

Hello Jane
Excellent capture of this wonderful bird of prey
Thanks for sharing

Very well captured with good detail JC.Exposure is good to show detail. Pin sharp image. The bird stands out well from the background. Would have liked a more natural perch but we cannot always have it our way.
Well done and TFS

Hello Jane,
long time no see :-)
this is a very good picture, I doubt it could be any better with a small compact digi.
It's very sharp with a pleasant DOF. Very nice natural colours because of right exposure and White Balance.
The picture is also well composed with lots of space in front of the beautiful bird.
Great work, mf.
Regards from a cold and snowy Sweden.

hello Jane
a super pose with great details and beautiful colours
very good sharpness and good BG
greeting lou

hello Jane

a great close-up shot of the Cooper's Hawk
with the frontal POV, beautiful light,
superbly focused with great sharpness details,



Good day dear Jane, I was really hoping to see your response for the corrections I did on your Lesser Goldfinch image at the Workshop!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jane.
Splendida chattura sembra che si sia messo in posa. ottima itidezza ,belli anche i colori complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Jane,
Here if you've handled your Sx30Is as a master, this splendid !!!... It is a delightful picture full of details and textures, Good cut, elquent and well Defined solid colors, temperature and level of whites very well balanced. Congratulations!
Regards, TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-08 13:08]

Hi Jane,what a position! It seems in pose for you,proud to enter in your beautiful gallery! Very good quality of sharpness,colors and composition!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hallo Jane,
a fantastic capture of this splendid bird of prey, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very nice composition with a very beautiful clouds BG
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-12-08 17:57]

Hi Jane
That is a beautiful closed up.Everything is beautiful ,the pose the sharpness and colors.Also amasing detail.
TFS Michel

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-08 19:37]
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Hello Jane,
Great shot of this Coopers Hawk who seems to be looking for some of your Quail. I'll bet nobody showed up while he was hanging around your patio. The detail is excellent and the colors and exposure is right on the money. Well done!!
Years ago I used to raise Roller Pigeons, and this little guy is the reason I quit. The Coopers Hawks would come down and pick them off as soon as I let them out to fly.

Bonjour Jane,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude et sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Beautifully sharp and well composed image of the hawk Jane. My wife and I all always counting hawk sightings wherever we go. We usually see at least one and as many as 20 (or a bit more) in an hour's drive. We have been doing this for years. :)


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-09 12:03]

Hello Jane.
A very good pose and POV . Excellent light & color with good contrast subject to BG.Excellent notes also. Nice work & Thank You!Best regards Siggi

Hi Jane.
The plumage of this Cooper's Hawk is beautiful.
The perch exposing the full frontal and the head turn is well captured.
Very good work and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards - Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-09 19:36]

Hello Jane,
Wow, girl this is wonderful just look at those talons. Fantastic image of a beautiful bird my dear, thank you.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-10 1:23]

Hello Jane,
another lovely view of a hawk in good details. The feathers on its breast is so well seen in pleasant smoothness.
The smooth background make this composition an effective one. The claws that grabbed to the wall is so exciting to look.
The pose is special too with a slight turn.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-25 10:00]

Hi, dear Jane.
Merry Christmas and Happy New 2011 Year. I wish all the best in coming year and many wonderful pictures and post here. Amazing in every aspect shots. Pictured bird is very beautiful and you have reflected all its features with great skill. Bravo and TFS.

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