Juvenille Cooper's Hawk, December 3, 2010
Driving home from work one afternoon, I saw what I initially thought was a duck on the side of the road. As I got closer, I saw that this was no duck! I parked the car in the driveway, grabbed my camera and headed around the corner, hoping the bird was still there. As you can see, he was! He allowed me to get within six feet of him (or her??) before flying up into a tree. I had no idea what I was looking at so I posted the picture on the Birds and Blooms facebook wall and it was quickly identified as a Juvenille Cooper's Hawk. I was thrilled to get such a good shot of this magnificent predator the first time I ever saw one!