Surprise Cooper’s Hawk in the Wasatch Mountains

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Cooper's Hawk perched on an old fence post, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahCooper’s Hawk perched on an old fence post – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

There are days when one bird can “make” the day great for me as a bird photographer, yesterday that bird was a Cooper’s Hawk in a Wasatch Mountain canyon east of Salt Lake City. The rest of the morning was pretty much a bust bird wise so I am grateful for the few seconds I had with this hawk.

For various reasons I very rarely have opportunities with accipiters so when I do I like to take full advantage of my time with them. When this Cooper’s Hawk landed on the gnarly old fence post in morning light I was delighted, the hawk was busy looking around and I could hear little birds and ground squirrels calling out in alarm. I knew that the hawk could take off any second so I fired several bursts as it perched on the post.

Staring Cooper's Hawk, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahStaring Cooper’s Hawk – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Unfortunately I missed the take off shot that happened right after I took this photo but I’m happy for the few seconds I had with this hawk. I looked for it on my way out of the canyon but it must have decided to hunt for breakfast somewhere else. At any rate a Cooper’s Hawk in the Wasatch Mountains was a true delight for me and saved the day.

Life is good.

Mia

7 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte April 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Statuesque and beautiful. What magnificent portraits! Love the eyes. Thanks Mia.

  2. Elephants Child April 28, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I would be doing happy dances all day. Probably literally as well as metaphorically.

  3. Laura Culley April 28, 2018 at 8:42 am

    With Cooper’s hawks, you’re lucky to get a few seconds before they’re off to some other where. But oh how beautiful they are! Again, regal fits perfectly with this beauty! WOW!!

  4. Liz Cormack April 28, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Good that you got the few moments with this Cooper’s Hawk. Beautiful shot.

  5. Patty Chadwick April 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Like the “Regal Bird on a Pedestal” effect of this photo….and like the verticsl nature of this very sleek-looking guy…nice!!!

  6. Bob mcpherson April 28, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Gorgeous shot, Mia

  7. KathyGrahek April 28, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Beautiful!
    I know exactly what you mean…a few moments with the appropriate bird…priceless!

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