Coopers hawk (juvenile female). Generaly speaking, in raptors the females tend to be larger than the males. This juvenile bird is an exceptionally large female. Though not yet proficient, and stealthy, at hunting she is learning. As this image was being taken there was a quail holding ground. At this very moment she had spotted it and was in the process of launching. The quail recognized the danger and flushed; the hawk followed but lost the quail ( quail can put on a great burst of acceleration) in some rabbit brush.
Taken 10:57 AM on November 20, 2012
Uploaded 11:28 AM on November 22, 2012
- Posted in Wildlife
- Canon EOS-1D X
- 1/800 sec.
- 500 mm
- 800 ISO
- Wofford Heights, CA
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