Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cooper's Hawk

I hadn't been planning any bird posts but this was too good to pass up. We saw this handsome fellow on the neighbors fence yesterday morning. He was checking out the possible menu items. He took off hunting in our yard and the open space beyond. I don't think he was successful.
A few hours later he was back on the fence, this time with his supper. The photo below is not for the squeamish but I was thrilled to get such photos through my window.

I suspect it was a quail. The ongoing struggle for survival.

8 comments:

Barb said...

Martha, These are great photos - I love the hues on the hawks feathers. It is clear despite the window glass. Fabulous shots!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Fantastic photos - talk about being in the right place at the right time (unless you're a quail)! I saw a Cooper's Hawk in our yard a few days ago, but it flew off almost as quick as I saw it. No chance for a photo.

Gaelyn said...

Nice capture Martha. It's all about the circle of life. That's a beautiful hawk, doing what comes natural.

mountain.mama said...

Those are great pictures!

Diane AZ said...

Fantastic captures! I think it's rare to find a raptor with its prey. Healthy looking hawk.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great clear closeup shots.
I've never seen a hawk with its food before.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Just gorgeous! How smooth it is!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Martha: Wonderful captures and its great that it posed for you.