Mighty Raptor!

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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528 views as of October 22nd 2012

This majestic Cooper’s Hawk has been in my “sights” for over two years. I could never quite capture a clear image of this extremely elusive creature, until today!

He was guardedly eating his prey when I caught a glimpse of him in the pines. I grabbed a 350mm lens, in the hope that he would still be there by the time had it locked ’n loaded. I was as “stealthy” as humanly possible, but he saw me just as I raised my camera to my eye. He definitely let me know that my presence was totally unwelcome with a loud screech. He made quite a fuss for a second or two, and then stuck around for a few minutes to finish his meal.

This picture was taken on February 4th, 2009, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA, in a pine tree at the edge of my property. The photo was captured with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L zoom lens. The focal length was 350mm. The shutter speed was 1/60th sec. at f/5.6. The camera’s ISO was set to 200.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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This is a beautiful hawk with flying skills that simply defy belief! Now I will keep trying until get a good shot of him in flight!

© 2009 Gene Walls

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