Category Archives: Cooper’s Hawks

A mighty bird, both fore and aft. . .


Back when esnl was knee-high to a grasshopper, his grandmother recited a ditty about a former rather hefty U.S. President that’s been stuck in his mind ever since: “A mighty man, both fore and aft, is our President, Mister Taft.” For some reason, the refrain sprung to mind while shooting on an overcast summer’s morning. So here’s a mighty bird. Both fore. . .

24 June 2010, 600mm, 1/5000 sec, f5.6

. . .and aft.

24 June 2010, 600mm, 1/5000 sec, f5.6

Your Wednesday morning Cooper’s Hawk


Back up on his perch at the corner of Prince Street and Shattuck Avenue. . .

23 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1250 sec, f5.6

Looking out from the nest, early morning


One of the fast-growing young Cooper’s Hawks casts an eye outside the nest from high above Prince Street in South Berkeley.

21 June 2009, 600mm, 1/320 sec, f6.3

Happy Solstice to you, Senor Raptor


And to everyone else out there in Blogoritaville!

20 June 2010, 600mm, 1/800 sec, f5.6

Looking down from a very high place. . .


Well concealed by their plumage, two Cooper’s Hawk nestlings look down on a fellow looking up through a long lens. esnl realized that the welter of brown stripes on the young hawk’s breasts, which vanishes by the time they’re full grown, is an effective form of camouflage, concealing the young ‘uns amid the welter of twigs and small branches that make up the nest.

19 June 20101, 600mm, 1/200 sec, f5.6

Over-the-shoulder hawk beholder


On a windy day on a street corner in Berkeley, and urban raptor looks for prey.

18 June 2010, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f6.3

Ah, who knew baby hawks had baby blues?


esnl sure didn’t, at least until he took this photo just after sunrise this morning. Damn, but those baby Cooper’s Hawks are cute critters! [click once on the image, then after the image opens, click again for full size].

Sunrise is a wonderful time to shoot, thanks to the warmth of the colors.

17 June 2010, 600mm, 1/200 sec, f5.6

Cooper’s Hawks: Finally, the nestlings


The Prince Street pair has hatched two or three nestlings: The nest is waaaay up a nearby tree, but you can see at least two of the chicks here, one in the upper left and one in the upper center.

16 June 2010, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f4.5

Mama hawk was taking a break on the usual perch, but keeping a sharp eye out on the nest. Pa, presumably, was out hunting, his chief task while the young are still in the nest.

16 June 2010, 600mm, 1/3200 sec, f5.6

Cooper’s Hawk on a chilly, windy, cloudy morn


Summer may be a week away, but it sure didn’t feel like it here in Berkeley today. esnl envied the hawk’s spiffy, downy plumage. . .

15 June 2010, 600mm, 1/3200 sec, f5.6

Daily dose of raptor, bird in a brisk breeze


A South Berkeley Cooper’s Hawk perches poletop on a Saturday morning during a brisk spring breeze.

12 June 2010, 600mm, 1/2000 sec, f5.6

Cooper’s Hawk practicing raptor yoga?


For at least five minutes, one of the Prince Street nesting pair opted for a one-legged stand as he surveyed his realm from his favorite perch late Monday afternoon.

7 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1500sec, f6.3

Cooper’s Hawk on a bright Monday afternoon


What more to say? Glorious as ever, basking in the early afternoon sun,

7 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f6.3

A Cooper’s Hawk, waiting for the morning sun


On a cool, overcast Sunday in South Berkeley. . .

6 June 2010, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f5.6

‘Don’t point that thing at me while I’m eating!’


Or such seemed to be the message of a Prince Street Cooper’s Hawk to the photographer aiming a long lens in her direction this afternoon.

4 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1600 sec, f5.6

After the photographer backed off, the hawk returned to plucking her avian prey, resulting in the pair of feathers floating away in front of her breast

4 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1600 sec, f5.6

A little bit of morning hawkish grooming


The Prince Street Cooper’s Hawks are busily tending their nestlings, so shots have become scarcer. This morning, one of the pair headed for the usual pole-top spot to attend to a bit of grooming.

2 June 2010, 600mm, 1/1250 sec., f5.6

Just hawkin’ in the rain. . .


Not even a surprisingly chilly rain on a cold May morning could keep a Prince Street Cooper’s Hawk from mounting his favorite pole for an al fresco luncheon of sparrow tartare. . .

27 May 2010, 600mm, 1/400 sec, f4.5

Cooper’s Hawk on an overcast May morning


With a chill in the air and the scent of rain about to come. . .

25 May 2009, 600mm, 1/500 sec, f5.6

Cooper’s Hawk in action, mid-afternoon preen


OMG, he’s back again with that blasted camera. And me lookin’ all scruffy n’ everything. . .

19 May 2010, 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f6.3

First, a little gentle work around the shoulders. . .

19 May 2010, 1/1250 sec, f6.3

Oh, jeez, and look at these wing feathers.

19 May 2010, 600mm, 1/1000 sec, f6.3

Keeping an eye out for a Sunday breakfast


On a cold, foggy morning in May, a Cooper’s Hawk scans the skies for food.

16 May 2009, 600mm, 1/100 sec, f6.3

Cooper’s Hawk, watching the sunset


Amazing creatures, these South Berkeley denizens.

13 May 2010, 600mm, 1/500th sec, f6.3