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Old Apr 23, 2008, 5:50 PM   #1
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As it happened, I had fixed and filled the bird bathin themorning. I saw this Cooper's Hawk in the bird bath from inside the house at lunch time. I grabbed the camera and sneaked out the back door. I came at it from downsun, badly backlighted. I began snapping images as I sneaked up on it behind shrubbery, expecting it to fly before I could get around for front lighting. Amazingly, it let me slowly circle around, watching me all the time, eventually in plain sight, until I could get behing cover again. Eventually it let me sit on a bench in plain sight and get the closeups. It must have reallyneeded that bath! Be sure to see the second sequence in the Pentax forum:

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What a fun opportunity. He definately was enjoying his own spring cleaning. I bet he looked really sharp after he dried out.

Thanks for sharing this unique scene.

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very cool capture penolta. i guess even the bad boy raptors need a bath once in awhile. all i get in my backyard are house finches...hehe

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