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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

Accipiter-type bird of prey with a long rounded tail, larger head, compared to its very near twin--Sharp-shinned Hawk. These are relatively small birds-of-prey that can easily fly through trees seeking smaller birds, sometimes at backyard feeders.

Habitat:

Usually spotted flying above tree tops and resting/perched on tree branches. I thought it was strange to find this one on the beach, possibly eating a pigeon. There happened to be over a dozen Rock Pigeons on the pier.

Notes:

Spotted on Tybee Island, GA's East beach. I was going to the beach to try to spot Purple Sandpipers or Lesser Black-backed Gulls and found neither, when I spotted the Cooper's devouring its lunch about 20 feet off of the boardwalk. Nature is not kind.

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5 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a month ago

A beautiful photo, of a Hawk....

robert emond
robert emond 3 months ago

Thank you very much AshleyT and Mark Ridgway. I am honored to be nominated.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Nice shot indeed.

robert emond
robert emond 3 months ago

Thank you gratography, tis so true indeed

gratography
gratography 3 months ago

Congratulations on a nice picture. It's always fun to find and photograph a raptor.

Tybee Island, Georgia, USA

Lat: 31.99, Long: -80.85

Spotted on Jan 13, 2018
Submitted on Feb 10, 2018

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