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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii


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.


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.


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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maplemoth662 9 months ago

A beautiful photo, of a Hawk....

robert emond
robert emond 11 months ago

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

AshleyT 11 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 11 months ago

Nice shot indeed.

robert emond
robert emond 11 months ago

Thank you gratography, tis so true indeed

gratography 11 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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