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    Quote Originally Posted by dsiegel5151 View Post
    Even though I have barely been shooting lately, so I feel bad making a comment on the page, are you sure (EricPvpi2) that it's not a juvenile Cooper's Hawk? The long yellow legs and lightly streaked breast are a dead give-away, not to mention the prey item. Nice shot either way!
    It could be and I appreciate the feedback. I am not sure I have heard about Cooper's Hawk. I know we have Red Tailed in the area, so I was looking at various pictures to verify. It looked like some pictures I viewed, but not others. But definitely real close to what I see for Cooper's Hawk. Thanks for helping identify!

    They come by the house every once in a while, but this one hung out for a while with his catch, really neat to see.

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    I'll agree w/dsiegel on your hawk ID Eric, but I'll add there is a possibility of it being a Sharp-shinned hawk also. It's really tough to differentiate a Cooper's from a Sharp-shinned, but in today's world, the Cooper's is far more common.

    Adult (L) and sub-adult American Bald Eagles



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    Yeah, when I co-teach ornithology with a friend of mine, he just calls them Cooper-shinned Hawks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricPvpi View Post
    It could be and I appreciate the feedback. I am not sure I have heard about Cooper's Hawk. I know we have Red Tailed in the area, so I was looking at various pictures to verify. It looked like some pictures I viewed, but not others. But definitely real close to what I see for Cooper's Hawk. Thanks for helping identify!

    They come by the house every once in a while, but this one hung out for a while with his catch, really neat to see.

    Thanks!
    Eric
    It is tough to tell the Sharp Shinned from the Coopers but the Sharp Shinned is smaller and doesn't usually have the gray banding on the tail as prominently as the Coopers.....I think your pic may well be a Sharp Shinned Hawk....they love to eat birds too.

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    Red Bellied Woodpecker

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    I often wonder where the term bird brain came from, because many of them are not stupid. A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo can take a peanut out of the shell and strip the skin very quickly.

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    sub-adult ABE


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill W View Post
    Eyeing prey
    What a gaze - DoD would a laser that focused
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    here's a silhouette of a red bird at sunset


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    Female (L) and male Hooded mergansers


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