That's awesome! What a beautiful bird! And great photos!!!!
Gosh - what gorgeous pics!
Delia, I'm so glad you remembered your camera! Wow. What a good close-up. The eye color looks like an immature to me but I'm totally, hopelessly useless with hawk IDs.Good job!
Good one, D!Mary is half-right about the juvenile eye color. I can see the tiniest bit of yellow at the top of that awesomely fierce eye. That bird probably hatched in 2006.And that IS a bit of food remaining on the beak. Really great photos! You get a new camera or sumfin?*going back to look at them again*
Fantabulous fotos Delia! He looks way fluffed up.
That bird was maybe ten feet from me, through the glass. It was soooo cool!Mary--look at you, spotting that little yellow in the eyes--you're a pro! Thanks, Susan! This is the same Kodak Z712-IS that I had just gotten before Cape May. I'm just getting better at using it, I think! Plus I took about a hundred pics, so I was bound to get a couple good ones!Lynne, he was way fluffy, because it was sooo freakin' cold (probably in the teens) yesterday.
Delia---cool cool cool pics. Wow, so close. Love the look in his eye--not another step closer, human.
Delia! What a great shot! That flat head looks like an adult Cooper's.I'm not sure about age, they used to say that you could age them by eye color, but an article a few years ago said that wasn't a diagnostic aging tool. I wonder if the bird hit the window and was recovering for a little bit? Accipiters love to chase birds into windows and sometimes they don't put the breaks on in time.
Oh my- Delia, what photos!!
Birdchick--thanks for the "flat head" info; not being too into raptors, I didn't know that one. Hadn't thought about the window-crash theory--he was first in a small crabapple tree, then flew about 100 yards and landed on the ground.KGmom--thank you, but you know--this guy just sat there, unfazed by people walking a few yards away (they didn't see him). I don't think he could even see me; the windows are reflective.
Good raptor work, dg. I haven't birded since LBJ was prezdint, but I would have guessed juvenile because of how fluffy the feathers are.
Matty--I think he was fluffed up against the cold cold wind.
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