Drinking Alone

March 24, 2015  •  30 Comments

I wonder why? Here's the quick rundown - I looked out the kitchen window and saw this juvenile hawk sitting on the back fence. Fortunately, my big lens was already mounted to a camera, but the Venetian blinds were closed and there was no way to open them without spooking the hawk. Before I could figure out how to resolve that issue, the hawk flew down to the bird bath. The blinds on the back door were pulled up about six inches so I got down on my belly on the kitchen floor and shot through the glass. I wasn't happy with the results, but it was my only option. The hawk was only there long enough to take a couple of drinks. I got a total of eight photos and only three were usable. 

I believe this to be a Cooper's Hawk and the only way I made that determination was the length and shape of the tail. You can't see the end of the tail in these photos, but it was rounded like a Cooper's as opposed to the shorter, square tail of a Sharp-shinned Hawk. That doesn't mean I'm right, but trying to determine the correct ID between those two species drives me nuts. It doesn't really matter. It's a hawk drinking from a bird bath - something I've never seen, much less photographed.

 

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk1/200 sec. f/6.3 ISO 1000

 

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk1/200 sec. f/6.3 ISO 1000

 

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk1/200 sec. f/6.3 ISO 1000 1/200 sec. f/6.3 ISO 1000

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

 


Comments

Wally(non-registered)
Superb photograph, Brian! Especially considering the circumstances. The only time I've seen our local hawks near our birdbath has been an attempt to snag a dove for lunch!
Ida P. Krause(non-registered)
He's stunning. I just love the intense look these hawks have. I think you got some great shots of this one.
Barb Hale(non-registered)
These are some terrific photos especially since it was a difficult situation. I can't say I've ever seen a hawk at any of our bird stuff. Cool!
pattisj(non-registered)
Nice shots! Pretty bird, but sadly, not many birds hang around to make friends with it.
Carol Carson(non-registered)
Well, I would be very happy with those photographs. You captured the (wonderful) moment.
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