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Alek Komarnits
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Three Cooper's Hawklets in my neighborhood - WOW!


So I've been "watching" some Cooper's Hawks in the neighborhood - just awesome that they are nesting a couple of minute walk away from my house. They ended up having three Hawklets that all fledged in the last couple of weeks, but they are still hanging around.

So the neighbor who originally spotted the Cooper's Hawks called me two days ago and said all three hawklets are hanging out on their pergola on the back of their house ... and the view from their upstairs bedrooms is great. I figure they would probably be gone by time I get there ... but what the heck, lets grab my camera gear and wander over there - am I glad I did!

This was a bird photographer's dream as they ended up sticking around for an hour ... and did not seem to mind at all that I was sticking a 70-200/2.8 lens out the open window to take pictures of 'em. A few pictures are below - see more Cooper's Hawks at this link.

alek

P.S. I cross-posting to the Canon forum since pictures were taken with a Canon 7D and 70-200/2.8v2 (plus 2xTC for far away shots) ... which worked semi-decently ... but I was spoiled when a friend let me borrow his 1DX and 200-400 (thanks Chuck) ... holy crap is that a nice combination ... and all of a sudden, my 7D images look pretty darn noisy, even at ISO 400!

PPS. Eric: Sorry to hear about your Cooper's Hawk - it's fortunate you were there to help it.




July 3rd picture taken just before the first one fledged (taken from the ground)








After gently cranking open the window, I had a clear view from about 30 feet away of all three hawklets.















Probably my two favorite images ... but man, it was hard to pick - see more here

















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Jul 18, 2014 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Three Cooper's Hawklets in my neighborhood - WOW!


Don't know what i'm looking at alek in #2 Please don't explain #4 is crisp but I wonder if you put the bird in the back of the frame put that space in front of it


Jul 18, 2014 at 09:24 PM
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That's a great treat you have and the first is my pick

Morris



Jul 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Three Cooper's Hawklets in my neighborhood - WOW!


Exceptional way of photography! These photographs are really looks so impressive. I am completely crazy to see these clicks. Really inspirational work. Thanks for sharing.


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Three Cooper's Hawklets in my neighborhood - WOW!


Fantastic Alek! You got some fab shots.
David



Jul 19, 2014 at 08:36 AM
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Michael: Yea, I kinda look like a "Peeping Tom" in that picture with the neighbor's house in the background ... just taking pictures of naked chicks! ;-)

Morris: Yea, the shot of all three Hawklets a day or so before the first fledged is pretty good ... rarely did all pop up on the nest at the same time, and if they did, often one was obscured. I need a bucket truck to clear out the foliage! ;-)

Others: Thanks for the nice words and yea, this was a real treat.




Jul 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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Great opportunity. #1 and 4 are my picks fro this cool set.


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