Coopers Hawk with lunch (Carolina Wren)

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Thank you Patty and Liam for sorting my bird identification out!

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Phil Bunce on February 6, 2014

What a shot! Very special. You're as pleased as punch and who wouldn't be :)

brian gillman on February 6, 2014

Big bully! Pick on something your own size! Seriously though, super photo of a wonderful bird. Must have been a thrill to catch this beauty.

Best wishes, Brian.

David Brown Photogra… on February 6, 2014

Well, I'm a bit embarrassed Phil Bunce - you see I forgot I'd taken this and then I'd forgotten where. It must be age catching up with me, but I was reviewing my shots from the last couple of weeks and decided to process these three. I noted with interest it was a raptor and then had to engage my wife and a book of birds to determine the rest! Its been a funny year so far!

Exactly Brian - I was quite shocked to see it was a wee wren. Its clearly still alive as one of the shots from a few seconds earlier it has its beak open (clearly yelling for his mum!). I really don't remember taking the shot but it was a thrill discovering it and a bigger one working out what it was.

Many thanks guys - David

✿ܓ Gy㋡ngyi ✿ܓ on February 7, 2014

Great photo !

Well caught moment .


Regards gyöngyi

Patty Arsenault on February 7, 2014

Wonderful photo, David. I do hate to correct you, but I believe this is a Cooper's Hawk. I made the same mistake with my photo and was corrected. They are both very similar in size and colouring, but the Cooper's Hawk has shorter wings and longer tail, and Peregrine Falcon's have a shorter tail and longer wings. Your photo is much better than mine!

We have a family of Peregrine Falcon's living under the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor ON and Detroit MI. I have yet to photograph them, but maybe some day!




((Ospr3y)) on February 7, 2014

I have to agree with Patty - you have a beautiful Cooper's Hawk! A very nice photo of him too!

David Brown Photogra… on February 8, 2014

Thank you very much Gyöngyi

Patty it seems that you are right.... although the pictures I have found so far of Coopers don't look as much like this guy as the one picture in my book of a peregrine does (I could've maybe written that better, but I figure you know what I mean).

Many thanks Liam for your voice on this one. The scale is tipped.

Thanks y'all - is it spring yet?


brian gillman on February 8, 2014

To add to the debate, David, just a thought - Peregrines have distinctive black markings around the beak and upper neck that looks very much like a drooping 'dago'-type moustache.


David Brown Photogra… on February 8, 2014

Good input Brian - many thanks.


Patty Arsenault on February 8, 2014

Peregrine Falcon or Cooper's Hawk - either one is wonderful to photograph, David. It's an excellent shot regardless of the species. Even his lunch is very clear sharp! I am envious (nothing new).

I agree, Brian; very good input. I did not notice that, nor was it pointed out when I looked for differences between the two birds.

One day, David, we will each have an image of a falcon, I'm sure!

Cheers everyone!


David Brown Photogra… on February 8, 2014

Thank you Patty I wonder how the wren is getting on with this new relationship.


I got a great red-shouldered hawk shot yesterday - but without food!



Antonio** on February 11, 2014

very beautiful capture, well done LIKE

David Brown Photogra… on February 17, 2014

In their world Ian its seems to be so little distinction. We are privileged.

Many thanks


© KennyW on February 26, 2014

Hi David

Well captured, although the Carolina Wren would not agree!!!



David Brown Photogra… on February 26, 2014

Thanks Kenny - I think the wren is s till coming to terms with the issue.

I thought this was a falcon at first... I was so excited. But a Cooper's is still pretty awesome!

Cheers - David

coffee55 on March 15, 2014

I'm not going to fly into your discussions of this fellas parentage 'cause I know nowt about 'em, but will say that it's a super photo, the sharpness and colour deserves a round of applause David!

Big 'like' and extended cheers, - D. :)

David Brown Photogra… on March 19, 2014

Your hawk eyes have served you well David - certain parts of it are sure sharp (ask the wren!).

Many thanks ol' buddy.


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  • Uploaded on February 6, 2014
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    by David Brown Photogra…
    • Taken on 2014/01/22 10:58:13
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash