Thursday, June 4, 2009
I captured what I believe to be juvenile Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in my front yard one morning. I shot the pictures through the window, so they are rather grainy. Without seeing the tail, it is difficult to distinguish the Cooper's Hawk from the Sharp-shined Hawk.
The Accipiter genus are bird eaters. They like to use surprise to catch their prey. They will fly recklessly through the tree branches or will startle birds around a feeder so that they can catch one in flight.
After plucking this poor robin for a while in the front, the hawk picked up his meal and flew into a neighbors back yard where he continued plucking for a while. I wonder how long it takes to remove sufficient feathers to actually get to the meat?
More posts of this species (Vive la carnivaores)