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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

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced or altered by any process without the express written permission of the artist.

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bird, claws, coopers hawk, feathers, hawk, nature, raptor, talons, wildlife, wings prey, screech, beak, pines

Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks, Cee!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Good capture. What a beautiful bird!

  • Thanks, Trish! He certainly is a very handsome hawk! Those red eyes were amazing to see!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much for featuring my photo in “Appalachian Life & Artists!”. I truly appreciate this wonderful honor!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Ann Eldridge
    Ann Eldridgeabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Capture! The only time I actually got anywhere near enough to a hawk to get a pic I didn’t have my camera with me. Great Shot!

  • Thank you very kindly, Ann!

    Oh my, how many times that has happened to me, too. Now, I almost always keep my camera very near by… just in case. I’ve had way too many of those “if only” photo moments. Most of the captures that mean the most to me were “spur of the moment” events, where I fortunately had a camera by my side.

    I had been watching this particular hawk for several years before finally getting this rare opportunity. I’m still waiting to get a good shot of him in flight. Maybe I’ll get lucky twice.

    I hope you will get your chance to photograph a beautiful hawk very soon!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    ADRIAN,MAGGIE AND KAREN !

  • Thank you all so much for this fantastic news! I’m simply thrilled to learn that I am in the TOP TEN of this wonderful challenge!

    Gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    So glad you were able to finally get it!! Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you very much, Ciana! I just saw another hawk the other day …but I couldn’t get my long lens mounted the camera before he flew off this time. That makes me appreciate the few shots that I was fortunate enough to capture so much more.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminover 2 years ago

    What a great capture Gene I ll bet your heart was beating so loud that the bird heard that before he saw you lol again wonderful work

  • Thanks a lot, Mike! You are right. I was shooting handheld and had to lean against a tree to try to steady the camera.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    really cool! 2 years? not easy for sure but everything comes in time. well done Gene ;)

  • Penny Rinker
    Penny Rinkerover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature. They are amazing creatures! Love seeing them and you’ve captured it so nicely.

  • Thank you very kindly, Penny! I have only seen him one more time since I caught this photo, so I never got to capture him on flight.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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