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Cooper's Hawk

There's a story to go with this photo. We've recently put up bird feeders at our new home and we've had a flock of California Quail searching for food under the feeders. A few days ago they were scurrying back to cover and this hawk dropped out of the trees nearby and took one of them. In the photo some of the feathers of the quail are behind the hawk and he is sitting on the quail waiting for it to stop moving. When it did stop moving he flew away with it. The photo was taken from a window and so is not the best angle but with birds one takes what one can get.
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26 comments

ROL/Photo said:

Magnifique regard.. très belle photo Ron..
la loi de la nature...mais aussi son équilibre...!
4 days ago ( translate )

Clyde Sostand said:

Dang Ron your lucky that just what i want to shoot in flight.. great shot
4 days ago

Annemarie said:

how majestic
4 days ago

©UdoSm said:

He is proud of his prey...
4 days ago

Maeluk said:

That is a beautiful photograph Ron and think you are so lucky. I would love to see a raptor over here but they are few and far between.
4 days ago

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Wonderful bird image Ron.
4 days ago ( translate )

Ulrich John said:

Well seen and taken !
4 days ago ( translate )

Jocelyne Villoing said:

Bien avisé celui-là, un instantané de toute beauté, bravo Ron.
4 days ago ( translate )

Andreas Z. said:

A lucky capture.
4 days ago ( translate )

(*NIKonGT*) said:

Thanks for this photo and text,
4 days ago

Larry Drummond said:

Fine opportunistic capture indeed! Can't help feeling sorry for the quail, though!
4 days ago

Christiane said:

Like Larry ...
The laws of nature are hard, aren't they ?
4 days ago

William Sutherland said:

Outstanding capture!
4 days ago

Danielle said:

Tellement BEAU ************
4 days ago ( translate )