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Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk
Photo Information
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: 2008-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-26 8:15
Viewed: 4583
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I heard and then saw all the backyard birds fly off at top speed I knew there had to be a predator in the yard. Grabbed the camera, ran out and looked around. Sure enough this Hawk was sitting on the roof of the house next door. As luck would have it I had to shoot directly into the sun. He allowed me one quick shot and was gone.

Cooper's Hawk

MEASUREMENTS: The Cooper’s Hawk has a body length of 15 - 19 inches, a wingspan of 2 1/4 - 3 1/4 feet, and weighs 8 - 21 ounces. The female is larger and her weight range does not overlap with the male bird.

HABITAT: Cooper’s Hawks live in dense canopied evergreen and deciduous forests or inriparian zones throughout southern Canada and the continental United States. The hawks in the northern part of their range will migrate as far south as Central America.

DIET: The Cooper’s Hawk eats small to medium birds and mammals. They hunt by patrolling forest edges and clearings, or from a perch. When prey is seen, the hawk pursues the prey with a great burst of speed.

REPRODUCTION: This hawk builds a broad, flat stick nest in a tree near the trunk. The female lays 3 - 6 eggs that are incubated for 30 - 34 days. The young fledge from the nest at 4 - 5 weeks of age. Birds are sexually mature in 2 years.

NAME DERIVATION: The scientific name comes from the Latin word accipere, meaning to take or seize and refers to a hawk or bird of prey, and from the Latinized name of the American zoologist William Cooper, for which the bird was named. The Cooper’s Hawk has also been called Chicken Hawk, Big Blue Darter, Hen Hawk, and Swift Hawk.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-26 8:20]

Hello Jane,
This is a great capture of a Cooper's hawk: I like the pose and POV that shows not only the face but the back and tail. I like the lighting too and the composition against the blue sky, is as always to us in the cloudy north, very pleasing.

Hi Jane,

Good reaction to take this image. Just enough light on the shaded side to give detail with good focus and POV.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-26 9:01]

Hello Jane,
pose is excellent, great work. Good sharpness, details, colours and composition.
Thanks for posting my friend.
Regards Siggi

ahhh..you lucky...you got one close in and not only that you got it with a back lighting..hard to do...Very nice image.....this goes in with all of the birds that have eluded me...you beat me good Jane...
aka adding some colours now for fun:-)

Hello Jane
This is a lovely capture of the Coopers Hawk..You have captured great details especially in that wonderful eye.
All the Best

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-26 10:21]

Hi Jane . You were so lucky to have seen this one let alone get a picture. You did well with the blinding sun. A good POV to get it all in with good detail. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-26 11:45]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo of this Hawk. I also should ran when I saw such a bird of prey.
The photo is maybe a bit oversharpened, but the pose, colours and composition are excellent. Great blue BG.

Hi Sis, a perfect capture of this hawk in a fine composition. The posture of it great. Many thanks for sharing this.
Have a nice weekend Sister!
Take care!


Hi Jane, great capture of superb hawk with splendid pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

A fine capture of a hawk from a low viewpoint with a good exposure in spite of the subject being strongly backlighted Jane, the plumage details were clearly depicted here. TFS this rare sight from soo close up my friend.

Hi Jane,

A great capture you have you here from the Hawk,

Great details in the feathers, nice pose from the Hawk.
Beautiful colours.
Another bird that I never been seen before and that all in your backyard.


Ciao Jane,
splendida cattura di questo rapace, ottimi POV e composizione con la posa "dominante",
buona la definizione dei dettagli e belli i colori nonostante il forte contrasto di luce.

Hello Jane. Thanks for sharing this hawk in unique perch from the back. I like the details of the plumage with the head turning inside the frame. The exposure is flawless and framed well against the blue sky. Good quality image and have a wonderful weekend. Regards. Jusni

Hello Jane
Cooper's Hawk is the last post before celebration of 400th. This is very beautiful raptor species and its capture is very nice. especially POV and eyes contact great. Its details, light and plain BG very nice. Thanks for sharing and notes. have a nice weekend

hello Jane

lovely shot of this Cooper's Hawk with fine POV and appropriate vertical framing,
beautiful blue sky and excellent sharpness and details of the hawk, TFS


Hello Jane,
Captured well on this beautiful fellow with a proud attitude!
the S5 done a great job here with perfect exposure and focus here!
the clarity on the plummage is real well!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-26 19:09]

Hello Jane,
Nice image my friend the backlighting is very difficult for me but you have done well. Thanks for sharing.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-26 21:49]

Dear Jane
So what if he allowed you only one shot...you got a great one at that.
I have always wondered at the expression in the eye of this bird....a bit of puzzlement...this one here despite your single attempt gave you great results.Excelloent details on the plumage and it looks quite the imposing predator that it actually is...
TFS & Cheers

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-09-26 23:46]

Great capture and nicely composed Jane,
This type of hawk was my nightmare when I used to raise Roller Pigeons quite a few years ago. They would swoop right in while I was feeding them and pick one up and head off for the woods. I lost a lot of birds to Coopers Hawks in those years.
Your photo shows the proud and intense look that this beautiful bird seems to always display. Well done!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-27 22:39]

Hello Jane,
How lucky you were to catch this beautiful Hawk before it flew off! We have quite a few birds of prey here but I'm hopeless in catching them! I like its pose here showing its beautiful profile. Fine details and in spite of the strong light you did very well!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Sorry, jane, I missed this one!This is so perfect, it could pass for a painting!
Still life it is!

Hello Jane

An excellent POV for this shot.The plumage detail is wonderful.Well placed in the frame.
The eye contact is super.I have had these guys stake-out my bird feeder.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-03 16:42]

Hello Jane, excellent shot of the Cooper Hawk, beautiful composition and superb details! I love it! Thanks my friend!


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