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photoblog image Mr. Cooper's Hawk

Mr. Cooper's Hawk

 Accipiter cooperii  

 

We were treated to some brilliant aerial acrobatics while at the Grand Canyon recently.

 

 "Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland

hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. 

With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for

famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at

bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds)."

 

photoblog image GC Oct 2016 28 b.jpg

 

And, remembering Pearl Harbor Day...

The University of Arizona has created a unique memorial

to the 1,177  men and women who died aboard

the USS Arizona, on December 7, 1941

 

Click here for the story

Mr. Cooper's Hawk

 Accipiter cooperii  

 

We were treated to some brilliant aerial acrobatics while at the Grand Canyon recently.

 

 "Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland

hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. 

With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for

famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at

bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds)."

 

photoblog image GC Oct 2016 28 b.jpg

 

And, remembering Pearl Harbor Day...

The University of Arizona has created a unique memorial

to the 1,177  men and women who died aboard

the USS Arizona, on December 7, 1941

 

Click here for the story

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2016, 02:23
It is a very pretty raptor, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Very pretty!
Qu'il est beau ! Jolies photos.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, indeed! Thank you, Martine!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2016, 04:23
Extraordinary catch...so sharp
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Bonnie! She presented herself, so I snapped! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2016, 04:50
Fabulous pictures. What a mighty feel should this give to fly that high....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Astrid!!
I would love to have a ride on his back!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2016, 06:07
An accomplished flier in the open here - I can imagine it tearing through the woodland as you describe, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He was scoping out the vegetation just below the Canyon rim - and I've seen them dive into trees, easily making a meal out of a song bird...
I had forgotten about Pearl Harbor Day today, Elizabeth. This is a wonderful call to fly high while others fall low!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I always remember, Ginnie. On a happier note,though - it was 4 years ago today that I first heard Franks voice on the phone! smile
I really like your metaphor, Ginnie - we should all take heed!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2016, 06:28
What a glorious looking hawk this is Elizabeth, perfectly suited to its environment
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they handsome! Yes, they blend in well to Arizona's landscape!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2016, 06:41
Such masters of the sky. To have the ability to go at high speed through the tree canopy is very impressive. Pearl Harbor was one these defining moments in history.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Absolutely! I've seen them dive into trees - impressive is the word!
I'll always think of General Yamamoto's statement "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve"
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2016, 07:07
Oh, you captured this bird at his flight very well, a sailor in the airs as we say in German.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Philine!
A fine looking bird.

I hadn't realised it was Pearl Harbour day. The memorial is a fine one
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they handsome!

Well - you all were busy dealing with the Germans at the time... smile It is a very good memorial, I think!
Like being at an air show Elizabeth. Oh, it was an air show.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Absolutely! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2016, 09:33
Fine photo of this raptor on the wing. I can imagine they would be most unwelcome at the bird table.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Mike!
I try to remember it's the natural order of things...
I have a terrible time identifying hawks so glad you provided it for us. I love your shots of soaring birds.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They can be difficult... at least the male / female markings are usually the same in raptors!
I love the memorial. Thanks for the link.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you looked at it, Mary! Worth the peek I thought!
  • Ladicola
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2016, 13:16
Great shots of the soaring birds! Love the wings on them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks very much! Thy are handsome, aren't they!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2016, 14:51
Lovely images, what views they must have.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Anne! I'd love to have a ride on his back!
Great pix. I can feel the speed in the bottom image too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Jacquelyn!!
Two top class Natural History images Elizabeth, they would easily grace any competition at my club.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very kindly, Brian! A welcome compliment!!
i can't decide which image i love the most Elizabeth... the one against the clouded sky or the one in the canyon...
it is a magnificent looking bird....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Peter - so glad you like these! He's very handsome, isn't he!
wow, an astounding couple of shots, Elizabeth. you are quite consistent in freezing those birds mid air and demonstrating their features.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ayush! I appreciate your praise!
Quite a shot, with the canyon in the background...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Larry!

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