Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cooper's Hawk (?) At Payne's Prairie


Birders, help me out here.
Is this rascal a Cooper's?



It's not a puzzler, I'm looking for either validation or correction.

18 comments:

Haiku Master said...

Red eyes and black cap.
He shares those traits with singer
Alice P. Cooper.

Thunder Dave said...

Pretty bird!
Oh wait that's for parrots!

Sharon said...

Looks like it to me!

brint said...

I am guessing it is a sharp-shinned. There are more of them around and like coniferous forests.

Emory said...

Nice pictures and it was nice of the bird to turn around so you could see both sides.

LauraHinNJ said...

Fantastic pics!

I'm thinking Cooper's... based on this bird's *cap* instead of a hooded look and the roundish shape of the tail.

Look at the eyes!

Dani said...

I think it's a Cooper's. The tail is rounder and has a wider white band on the tip of it's tail. Beautiful capture!

Anonymous said...

I would vote Cooper's. We were taught to look at the tail. C shaped tail equals Cooper's and square shaped equals Sharp-Shinned and that sure looks like a C shaped tail to me.

Suwannee Refugee said...

Cooper for sure. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id

amarkonmywall said...

Coopers. Handsome fellow. We haven't seen Hannibal and the Missus in the oak out front yet this year but we expect them anytime.

Anonymous said...

Hi FC,

Great shot. He looks like he was posing just for you! How close were you?

Patti

SophieMae said...

DAWG! AbFab pichers! Cooper's, surely.

Hey, I thought of you when I saw this freebie. Good today only, a free 8x10 collage at Walgreens.

swamp4me said...

I'm with the Coopers crowd.

Native Mom said...

don't know birds but great shot!

myamuhnative said...

Coopers Hawk has my vote as well.
Those darn things are getting to be like rats down here.
But boy those pics are awesome!

C.L.J. said...

Those are the red eyes of a cooper's hawk. But I'd want a second opinion, too. Excellent captures! I'm jealous.

robin andrea said...

How did I miss this post? Looks like a Cooper's to me. What a beauty.

lisa said...

Sorry, I am late on this post but that bird is awesome!