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Cooper's Hawk "Wary of Me"
Cooper's Hawk- Accipiter cooperii
Cooper's Hawk-Accipiter cooperii, Order FALCONIFORMES - Family ACCIPITRIDAE - Subfamily Accipitrinae. Today, I staked out the nest for about two hours. The pair has been incubating the eggs. I got very lucky and caught one of them going back to the nest with a prey item (looks like a bird). (Photo: April 16, 2004, Canon 10D, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, 1.4x teleconverter EF ll lens, manual focus )
I first saw a pair of these remarkable raptors with my friend Mark McPhail in his backyard (heavily wooded) in Oxford, Ohio earlier in the spring. Since then, they have mated and built a nest! Today, while one bird was on the nest, the other perched a short distance away! "They hunt for prey in the woods (a True Forest Hawk) and supposedly often injure themselves. A recent study found that 23 percent of all Cooper's Hawks examined had healed fractures in the bones of the chest, especially of the furcula or wishbone. A winter resident. At the first molt, young birds frequently are bluish-grey in coloration. Length 14-20 inches."
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Sources of species identification and other amazing info include (1) Cornell Lab of Ornithology--a fantastic site; (2)Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Peterson Field Guide Series, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company; (3) The National Audubon Society's Sibley Guide to Birds and (4) Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Third Edition, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
Winter/Spring Bird Collection Quicktime Movie
A quicktime movie (CLICK on image Above) of bird photos taken over the 2004 Winter/Spring. I used a Canon 10D and Mark II digital camera with a Canon 100-400 L lens, a Canon 300 L lens and a Canon 400 5.6 lens.
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