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Surprise Hawk

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Friday August 30, 2013

Keyes, OK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: The first time I have ever seen a Hawk in my birdbath!. After this delightful surprise, he moved to a Locust tree in my backyard and spent about an hour preening and sitting. He returned that evening for another drink and more roosting. I don't know what kind of Hawk this is, if anyone can help identify.

Image Description: Surprise Hawk

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon EOS REBEL T1i

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Artist: Linda K. Minns

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XP Title: Surprise Hawk

XP Author: Linda K. Minns

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27. YouKnowWho
8:41 PM GMT on September 27, 2013
It's the width and number of bands on its tail that reveal it's a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned. This is not a Red-tailed Hawk, even if immature.
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26. Xeni
8:29 PM GMT on September 27, 2013
No expert but I do feel like it's a juvenile Red-Tail. I watched three of these for hours at a time on a web cam, and this one looks just like any one of the three. A Red-Tail doesn't get his solid red feathers in the tail until his second or third year.

Check out this Link for information on Red-Tails and other hawks for comparison.

Anyway, this is a lovely shot and you'll never forget watching him and capturing him on film. Congratulations!
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25. Bluesmaster
4:52 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
Terrific capture Linda, AC congrats!
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24. Doesiedoats
3:01 PM GMT on September 04, 2013
Very unique shot, Linda!

Congratulations on your AC.
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23. snosno
11:22 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Congrats on this terrific hawk, Linda!!
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22. lorik
11:39 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
AC congrats!
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21. spicysquid
7:51 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Yes, this looks like a Cooper's Hawk. Nice capture!
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20. llpj04
5:40 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Great capture & congrats.......but I don't like to see these guys come around for a chicken dinner!!
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19. trailhiker44
3:42 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Terrific catch, Linda !
Quite a handsome guy cooling off his feet,LOL !
CONGRATULATIONS on this fantastic AC !!!
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18. nanapoo
3:30 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Fantastic capture!!! AC Congrats!
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17. gilg72
2:19 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Update: Congratulations on this AC, & have a Safe and enjoyable vacation.
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15. Luckystar
1:34 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Thanks so much to each of you, Steve, Gale, James, Joel and Tim, for your WONDERFUL comments and helping to identify my Hawk. You are the best bunch of people I have ever met. We are off on vacation, so will comment on all of your beautiful photos, when we return!

Thanks very much "Approver's Choice" editors for the delight of your beautiful Blue Border, your kindness and dedication. I am thrilled!
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14. docshovel39
12:20 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
This is Fantastic Linda ! Congrats on the AC - 10+
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13. RNJoel
12:15 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
What a nice suprise for you. Not sure how the smaller birds feel about it.... Congrats.
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12. gardner48197
11:44 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
What a beauty, great catch!!! Congrats on the new blue!!!
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11. novembergale
10:43 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
This is either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk. They are very tricky to tell apart. Great photo, Congratulations!
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10. backwardguy
3:33 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
What agreat catch! And you got it so clearly!
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9. Luckystar
2:50 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Thank you SO much, Eileen for your WONDERFUL comments and the GREAT info. So that's why he was hanging out in the yard! He was a joy to see, but I am content knowing all my smaller feathered friends are once again enjoying the bath and feeders. I appreciate you!
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8. YouKnowWho
2:42 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
This is likely a Cooper's Hawk.
Their specialty is showing up at feeding stations of smaller birds because they prey on those smaller birds.
Great capture!
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7. Luckystar
2:38 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Thanks SO much, Shirley and Gil, for your WONDERFUL visits and comments! I GREATLY appreciate each of your kind words. Shirley, I hope you get to see him. I'll bet he's a beauty! Gil, thanks VERY much for identifying my Hawk. I'll bet that is exactly what he is.
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6. gilg72
2:31 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Fantastic photo of this Bird Linda. I was looking on Google for Hawks. Found one image that looks almost identical to this one, and they are showing it as Red Tail Hawk. Saw another one very much alike, shown as Red Shouldered Hawk, but that one you could really see a tinge or reddish feathers on his shoulder.
If you'd see him fly and look from below, you would likely see reddish tail feathers on this one. I'm no expert on this, but do like the Raptors very much.
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5. WeatherWise
12:14 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
Fantastic capture of this hawk. I have heard a hawk all day. When I left the house I heard it. When I was down by the woods I heard a hawk. When I returned home still a hawk crying out. I think I saw it fly into the trees on side of house and then on into the trees in back but could not see it. The trees are still full with leaves.
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4. Luckystar
12:07 AM GMT on September 03, 2013
I LOVE your double comments, Trudy! It's twice as nice to hear from you. Yes, that was my thought too. It has been very hot, in the upper 90's and quite dry again. So I think he found a bit of respite. Thanks for your WONDERFUL remarks and visit! I appreciate you!

HaHa! You are so right, Kevin. It was very, very quiet in the back yard for a good hour AFTER he left the bath, tree and yard. I haven't seen him since Friday so it's open house for all my other back yard visitors again. Thanks for your great visit and comments.
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3. tamcat
11:59 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
Guess that explains why there aren't any birds in the bird bath today. :D Nice catch, and wonderful visitor (but not so much for the birds!) -kevin :)
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2. Madermade
11:57 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
Well heck, I guess my first comment got lost in cyber space....anyway....
Surprise, surprise, surprise! And what a beauty he is! It is unusual for them to come to a bird bath....water must have been scarce for him....thirsty! Don't know what kind he is...ya gotta ask somebody smarter than me! :). Terrific shot!


Well, I'll be darn....first comment showed up after all! That's ok, it is a doubly good hawk photo!
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1. Madermade
11:52 PM GMT on September 02, 2013
Surprise, surprise, surprise!! Lucky you and what a beauty he is! It is unusual for them to come to a birdbath....water must have been scare for him....thirsty!
Don't know what kind he is though...ya gotta ask someone smarter than me! :)
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