As if to say, "you wanna piece of me?" Tough bird. Plucking quail is an ordeal.
The hawks leave an intact skeleton behind, with just a hint of flesh on the bones.
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk, just outside the kitchen (screened) window.
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk, perched on its quail kill, an hour into the meal.
Tucker ate the remains of the remains well after sundown. Soft quail bones probably won't hurt him.
Cooper's Hawk, w gray/black bands along its tail.
They pull feathers, one by one, bending down, pulling up, forever.
Then they get to their meal. The yard has "feather circles" all year long.
Why I think it's a Cooper's Hawk: gray/black bands on its tail
Adult Cooper's Hawk - ready to leave, fearing a 200mm lens more than songbirds
Adult Cooper's Hawk - deep in a blue spruce
quite a bit of hawk in one of these birds
Cooper dives away, jay keeps it in sight
rivals in the game - cooper's hawk and shrub jay
diving for a jay (by the 'g' in my watermark), deep in the shrub.
Cooper's Hawks "hunt with reckless abandon" says Wyatt's Wildlife Biology teacher..
cooper's hawk, bolting
about to bolt..
very like an imaginative cat
juvenile Cooper's hawk, on break
exit stage left
almost a double
crazy like young cats
two here too, one up, one down
No point focusing on the near hawk.. though that's not to say it's not focused on the camera.
Cooper's hawks playing
bogie on the tail
A sibling dog fight
sibling cooper's hawks chasing each other
two here, one high, one low
juvenile cooper's hawk in its old tree.
(strange light, white balance set around 10,000..)
looking for more fun
Taking a break from counting coup
Sibling in the old tree above the downed cottonwood.
passing close by
Clear-eyed curious young Cooper's Hawk. A month ago this one sat in a tree and cried all day. It's having a good time now.
into and through brush..