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Cooper’s Hawk: Digesting

This Cooper’s Hawk (*) kept an eye on us as we walked down the driveway:

Coopers Hawk - keeping an eye on us

Coopers Hawk – keeping an eye on us

We obviously pose no threat, so he let us pass unmolested.

I think the real reason had more to do with the dark brown-red stains on his (?) claws: that hawk just ate a fine meal and wanted time for quiet digestion and contemplation…

Hand-held Canon SX230HS, plenty of zoom, lots of purple fringing, and a cooperative bird.

(*) A juvenile, obviously, who could be either a Cooper’s or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk.

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