Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello Mr. Cooper...

I came home for lunch today and found this male Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) perched outside my kitchen window. I photographed him through glass and a screen...and it was dark and snowy, so the photos aren't the best, but you can still see the beauty in him. It's always a shock to look out the window and see this fierce fellow looking back...

A Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) sits outside our kitchen window. His rusty chest and belly and dark blue gray head and shoulders let you know he's an adult.
Adult male Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) outside our kitchen window. Even the gloom of a steel-gray winter's afternoon can't dull his rusty red chest and belly feathers. His dark blue-gray head and shoulders add to his beautiful coloring. 

Adult male Cooper's Hawk from the front. He sits regally while snowflakes fall all around.
See you later, Mr. Cooper! 

14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are awesome and fierce-eyed birds. :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

What fun!

Log Cabin Studio said...

I love looking at these beautiful hawks,I just don't like when they are after my birds.Nature is tough!

Roy Norris said...

I should keep the window closed Kelly, perhaps he is getting hungry due to the cold weather.{:))

Montanagirl said...

They are an amazing bird. So beautifully marked.

Janet Domino said...

Beautiful!

Roy said...

Nice! I love Coopers!

Warren Baker said...

Nice one! Looks very much like our male Sparrowhawk :-)

Elaine said...

What a beauty! Unless, of course, you're that little critter that he's got his eye on.....

Janice K said...

What beautiful coloration in his feathers...Quite a guy! And who would have guessed he has yellow feet like a chicken.

Mary Ann Gieszelmann said...

Oooh, nice!

Guy said...

Hi

These are stunning photos.

Guy

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! Our Cooper's Hawk has been back a few times since I took these photos, but he hasn't shown up outside the kitchen window.

Tammie Lee said...

majestically gorgeous!