Things have been busy high above Prince Street these days. The young Coopers Hawks are getting ready to leave the nest. Shooting the nestlings is hard, since there are only two small places a photographer can stand and catch a glimpse of the birds, and the wind-caused movement of the branches often makes use of a tripod impossible.
In this first shot, we see one of the young flexing wings, getting used to all those muscles that will soon take him [or her] aloft.
In many ways this second shot is more interesting, since it’s the first time esnl has spotted one of the young outside the nest [which is hidden by the leaves to the right]. One of these days they’ll not be sitting away from the nest but flying, a time anticipated with both joy and sorrow.