Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flamenco: Cooper's Style

Every year we have Cooper's Hawks nest in our east pine trees. And every year they mercilessly pick off our birds at the bird feeders.

A juvenile has been hanging out in the yard  for nearly a month and the other day I took the opportunity to spend time photographing it.

What did I learn from this? Apparently Cooper Hawks know how to do the Flamenco. Or at least this one does.

A little stretching first:

Limber up that neck:

Warm up those legs:

Flamenco Right!

and Flamenco Left!

Crouch down

and full leg extension!

 And a final, humble bow:

Thank you. Thank you very much.


Head over to Stewart's page for Wild Bird Wednesday to enjoy other fun and beautiful bird posts. (and feel free to kick up your heels on the way over...)

26 comments:

  1. Oh these images are FABULOUS!! Who knew they could dance???
    Super Post!!

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  2. Wow, these are awesome shots of the Cooper's hawk! Happy Birding

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    1. It's so nice when they cooperate, isn't it Eileen? You have a fun birding weekend, too!

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  3. These are so charming; he simply just posed for you so well.

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  4. Gorgeous shots of this handsome bird!

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  5. Awesome shot's just love all the different action positions you caught him in!!

    Grace

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    1. He (she?) really tolerates our presence. Probably realizes that we're the ones who feed all the little birds that she/he dines on! :-D Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. he is just GORGEOUS! your photos of his dance do him justice! :)

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  7. Really great series of photos - he/she is beautiful and obviously doesn't mind you watching and photographing. btw the kayaking in the previous post looks perfect! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I love traveling vicariously through your blog :-) Thanks for the nice comments!

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  8. what a fantastic series; the lighting is spot on and so I wonder what camera you're using/settings? I am always interested when I see great photos like this - distance away from the bird? I will look to follow your blog; we share that love of nature and what a fantastic job-role you hold onto; well done! Can think of nothing better than living the life you have shaped for yourself. Thanks for visiting my blog

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  9. Great set of pictures - we all need to warm up before we exercise!

    Its very kind of you to run a hawk feeding station in your garden!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. LOL Yes, gives new meaning to "bird feeding." Poor woodpeckers. I'm amazed we have any left. The hawk even triumphed over the blue jays.

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  10. Ha! Maybe he was dreaming if eating a Flamenco..Clever post, super pics!

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  11. What stunning white breast plumage, wonderful bird, and lovely posty

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    1. He/She really is a beautiful bird. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. LOVE the photos you got of this very pretty/handsome juvenile!

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    1. Thanks! It's always nice when they cooperate...

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    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for visiting my blog :-)

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  14. LOL! Awesome shots! The detail is fantastic!

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