Monday, March 16, 2009

Hockey playing Cooper’s Hawk…

Rick was looking out the kitchen window when a young Cooper’s Hawk decided to perch on the hockey net at the end of the driveway. He appears to be assessing the situation and studying all the strewn hockey gear.

Hmmm…sticks and pucks. What good are those--
I can’t eat them! This net, however, is a nice perch.

…very nice, indeed--eye level with a feeder 
full of American Tree Sparrows!

Rick then snuck out the back door and around the corner to get a better shot, but as soon as the Cooper caught sight of him, he took off, which…bonus!...turned into a really cool flight photo.


16 comments:

Roy said...

Goalie, huh? I dunno, I'd figure a Cooper's would be more likely to play forward. And that's a nice flight shot!

Snowbabies said...

Great shots, especially the one in flight, well done Rick!

Paul.

Kallen305 said...

Great shots! I love where it decided to perch!

Jayne said...

Love the Coops! Great photos. :c)

Laure Ferlita said...

Wow! What a site to see out the kitchen window! Very cool shots!

Shellmo said...

Wonderful shots of the Hawk! You do have to wonder what he's thinking as he's on top of that hockey net.

Phil and Mandy said...

Very nice bird to have on a visit to the Garden. Phil

Rattlinantler said...

Very elusive hawk. Great to capture on of these so-close!

Warren Baker said...

He did well to get that flight shot. Very nice detail.

The Early Birder said...

Now that is a very 'smart' Hawk. FAB pics.

Nick S said...

Great captures:-) I love the flying one !

Steve B said...

Whooo-hoo! How cool was that!

Kelly said...

Thanks, everyone! Rick always seems to get the fun and cute shots! He again lives up to his nickname...the Spotter!

Chris said...

Wonderful pictures kelly. You made me discover a new species...

Kelly said...

Thanks, Chris! Your Icelandic blog has helped me learn about a lot of new species!

Heather said...

Very... cool.. photos! Especially the flight shot. GOOOOOAAAAAAL! (Oh wait, that's soccer.... same kind of net, though.)