Sunday, November 2, 2008


What a great way to start one's day! My husband and I (plus the dog) were out for our early morning walk and I spotted this mature Cooper's hawk quietly sitting on a low branch not far from where we were walking. Of course, I didn't have my camera, but we weren't far from the house. Could I make it home and back and have him stay?.. Not a lot of time to ponder this one.. so with a little, he'll-still-be-there encouragement from my husband, I raced home. I really wanted to get some photos of this guy so I crossed my fingers that his morning plans included hanging out in that tree for a while. I was thrilled when I returned to find that he had remained in the same tree but moved to a branch that was actually closer to the road!!
Of course, I am hoping that he would just turn around and face that early morning sun so I could get a photo of all those great colors and patterns on his chest...isn't that what all amateur photographers want, that completely cooperative subject... mmm..could you drop that left shoulder a bit, please.. tilt your head..yea, that's nice.. lol
He really did cooperate by staying for some time... looking for a food source I guess or enjoying the increasing warmth of the sun on his it was a very chilly morning
He eventually flew to a taller tree and of course I just moved with him as he stayed near the road. Several cars passed by..probably thinking who is that crazy person, standing in the middle of the road, taking pictures of a tree!!

He was extremely tolerant of me as I kept clicking away. This is when I appreciate how lucky I am to have a DSLR camera. Being able to take a ton of pictures, view them right away and only save the ones you like is a dream.
I like the way he is looking down upon me... and I believe I know what he is thinking...."go away lady"... but what a great shot this turns out to be, looking up at him. Such great detail in all those fluffy feathers getting caught in the morning breeze!
I knew I had over stayed my welcome...but I had to laugh out loud..
as HE decides that HE has had enough of being the "model hawk"! He looks down at me....then he looks to his left
and then he turns his head completely around so all I could see is the back of his head! Sometimes it is just best to ignore that which is bothering you and maybe it will go away!! Okay, I give in. I put the lens cap back on my camera and start to walk away. I can't help but glance back every few steps and as I watched he swung his head back around to face front and I swear he looked me right in the eye and... winked!!


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great series of pictures.I love your story line as well.It helps to imagine what the bird might be thinking.

Bird Girl said...

What a gorgeous specimen! Those first two shots are just so CLOSE!He sure is handsome enough to BE a model! I can't believe he stayed in that tree just for you!(especially with the dog along)
Wow! What a neat series of pictures - LOVE THEM!

NCmountainwoman said...

What good fortune that he stayed around to pose for you. Great series of pictures.

fishing guy said...

Tina: What lovely captures of the hawk. They are never that tolerant of me. Usually its only one shot.

The Birdlady said...

He's magnificent! Great shots.

Shellmo said...

Gorgeous Coopers - you got his yellow eye perfectly in the 1st photo!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Absolutely amazing, Tina.. I cannot believe you got that close. He must have really wanted his picture taken!!!! Congrats!

T and S said...

Beautiful series of images. The first one is class..Thomas

dguzman said...

Wow! Beautiful. Way to go!

HANNIBAL said...

Fantastic post! Great photos and commentary!
The coloring was just beautiful in the first 2 shots, as well as getting his front side on the rest. Magnificent bird!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Our long lost hawk friend has returned!!! Beautiful pictures!

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