Friday Night Photos Raptor Edition

Happy Friday everyone. Post whatever you got.

This Coopers Hawk made a visit to my backyard recently.
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dystopian's picture

Hi SP! and all! OUTSTANDING Cooper's Hawk photos! Whaddabird! Awesome pics! Of course accipiters are mostly small bird eaters. Avivores. Short rounded wings and long tail make for excellent twisting and turning in tight spaces, like the forest or understory. I have seen twice Cooper's Hawks with Eastern Fox Squirrel that they took. Both were big females. Yours looks a female to my eye. They are a low-density resident where I am and visit our bird feeding station, as one of their bird feeding stations. Unfortunately a pair nests too close somewhere.

Here is a juvenile, it takes two years for them to acquire adult plumage as yer bird.
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@dystopian
Nice shot of the juvenile Cooper's Hawk.
I see Cooper's from time to time. The Red-shouldered Hawk predominates the area around where I live.

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What a portrait in stillness and composure. That last photo is intensely beautiful.

Great Clapton too!

Neptunes Necklace ...

and rock sculpture

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@janis b @janis b
Nice shots. Love the patterns and textures.
I don't know why, but your first shot reminds me of something out of a Stephen King novel.

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When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show... when you're born in America you get a front row seat. _George Carlin

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@Socialprogressive

to turn an innocent play toy of children on the beach (bubble weed) into something more threatening. My bad, I see what you mean though, how it can appear demonic ; ).

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@janis b

is quite satiric.

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@janis b
I can only imagine the things he'd have to say about how we're handling the pandemic. @janis b

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@Socialprogressive @Socialprogressive

of reason and sanity to hear, and through a comic and tragic vision.

* changed Carlin video

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are breathtaking. We used to have a family of Cooper's Hawks close by, but it seems the crows have discouraged them in recent years.

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@Linda Wood
There's not a lot of Cooper's Hawks around where I live. I'm lucky if I see one a month. Red-shouldered Hawks on the other hand I see almost daily.

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When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show... when you're born in America you get a front row seat. _George Carlin

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@Socialprogressive and Rec'd!! Smile

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