Thursday, December 14, 2006

Backyard Wildlife

He was in my backyard

I was so excited to see this guy yesterday I was shaking. I think it is a Cooper's Hawk and maybe a juvenile. He stayed there for at least 10 minutes (during which I had to charge my camera battery--great timing) so I could take his photo. I think he thought me most unimpressive and not very good to eat either.
We knew we had hawks visiting because we saw one eating a dove a few years ago and have seen feathers floating down through the trees after a meal but this is the first time one modeled for my camera.
Needless to say there was not another bird to be seen or heard for a wide area around me. The feeders had no customers and the aggressive squirrels were absent.
Not only is it an impressive bird, but it gives me hope for the survival of urban wildlife. There are Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons (I've never seen one) in my very urban neighborhood.
Too cool.

8 comments:

Rose of Sharon said...

That is quite a magnificent bird. I love your photos! What type of camera do you have? Thanks for sharing.

BTW, I came over to the darkside, but now my comments from you are showing up as anonymous from the previous comments you left. I sure hope this is not going to be a new problem!

Self Taught Artist said...

Thrilling to read how this all took place, good for you for catching it! You photographer you.

Pepper said...

Wow. I have never seen one that close. This is an awesome picture. Beautiful bird.

Skittles said...

Amazing!!! I can't even get my grandkids to sit still that long.

Martha and Michael said...

What a lovely portrait - so crisp. Thanks for sharing it.

tai haku said...

Yeah it's cool! Seeing a peregrine soar over the grimy streets of London used to make my heart soar (well actually I saw one soar over my new home in the carribean the other day and it still made my heart soar). Those american accipiter hawks really do rock though.

Snail said...

Sarala, I loved this post. Not only because of the bird (although it is a splendid one!) but also because your joy and excitement at seeing it came right out of the screen!

Coppertop said...

What a beautiful photo, nice and sharp! I could feel your excitement as I read your post, thank you for sharing.