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Old Jun 21, 2012, 4:16 PM   #11
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Patience, patience . . . I went back today. The young'ens are flitting around the branches next to the nest now, getting ready to fly on their own. I took some shots of those but waiting for an adult to come out. The people who live at the house where the nest is came out and talked for awhile, the woman of the house said she hadn't seen an adult for the last two days, at least while she was looking.

So another half hour of waiting, looking up into the tree to see if I missed an adult arrival, as they are very stealthy and most of the time they see you before you see them.

OK, I give up, and start heading back to my vehicle. Then - kak kak kak kak (or something like that) - both adults arrive back and are apparently not happy that I'm standing in the driveway, and I don't want to bother them, but I tracked one of the adults into a nearby tree and managed to get a couple shots off with my D90 and 55-300 Nikkor. Then switched to my Panasonic FZ35 trying to shoot a little video but two seconds later and the bird had flown.

OK eagle eyes - Red tailed? Sharp-shinned or maybe even a Cooper? Something else? I'm looking through the Audubon Society Field Guide as I type this . . .

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Well, after all that, you have a nice picture of a perfectly good Cooper's Hawk. Even without knowing the size, a Sharp-shinned would have a squared tail tip, rather than the rounded one of a Cooper's. The Devil is in the details.
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Old Jun 21, 2012, 11:45 PM   #13
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Thank you Penolta; The Ohio Wildlife folks will be interested in knowing the location of these Cooper's Hawks as their numbers have been dwindling.
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