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Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
The Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a widespread hawk in North America and Mexico. It is in the group of hawks known as Accipiters which have relatively short, rounded wings and long tails. These birds are known for their ability to catch other birds and for their excellent agility in dense brush. The immature bird shown at right was photographed at Bosque del Apache N.W.R., Socorro Co., New Mexico in November, 2005, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next 9 images of an adult Cooper's Hawk were taken in Catalina, Pima Co., Arizona, in March, 2009. These images were all taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
In June, 2011, some friends invited me to their house just west of Austin, Travis Co., Texas, where a pair of Cooper's Hawks were nesting. There were four youngsters in the nest. The next series of images shows the adults as well as the young birds in the nest. The youngsters fledged just a few days after these shots were taken. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
Bosque del Apache N.W.R.,
Socorro Co., New Mexico
14 January 2015
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
Kyle,
Hays Co., Texas
26 October 2015