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DanP

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Hawk ID help please.

I've tried to match these two hawks to images in my two bird books, but I'm still uncertain as to what they are. I've included 2 pictures of the first one with different head positions. I think it's either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. The second one I have no idea. For context, these were taken at Ladner, BC in Dec 2020 & Jan 2021. Anybody know what these are? Thanks.
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JPAZ

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Hawk ID help please.

I've tried to match these two hawks to images in my two bird books, but I'm still uncertain as to what they are. I've included 2 pictures of the first one with different head positions. I think it's either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. The second one I have no idea. For context, these were taken at Ladner, BC in Dec 2020 & Jan 2021. Anybody know what these are? Thanks. View attachment 195904 View attachment 195905 View attachment 195906
Does look like a Cooper's hawk to me in the first two. The third might be a juvenile Cooper's Hawk but it is hard to differentiate from the Sharp-Skinned.
 

ISv

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I was hunting for Black-footed Albatross this weekend. Didn't find it (single{?} bird regularly visiting one of the two colonies of the Laysan Albatross on the Island).
First photo from ~60 meters, the other two ~30 meters.
Sorry but I didn't get an option for full image?!
 

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tron

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Some blackbirds are singing right now close to my balcony. These birds are very naughty this season. They come close and sing either after sunset or before sunrise!

The rest time of the day they are elsewhere :D
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Not my best blackbird pictures (and not even good pictures, plus the flash has ruined the eye) but I just wanted to show what I meant above.
They come exactly the same time every day (hmm night!) so I was prepared :D This time they were 2 street blocks away.
 
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JPAZ

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I thought, at first, I was seeing sensor dust. But I checked and it is just blurred stuff on the water. R5 with adapted EF 100-400 MKii and 1.4x using ISO 2000, f/8/
 

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jmeyer

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Hawk ID help please.

I've tried to match these two hawks to images in my two bird books, but I'm still uncertain as to what they are. I've included 2 pictures of the first one with different head positions. I think it's either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. The second one I have no idea. For context, these were taken at Ladner, BC in Dec 2020 & Jan 2021. Anybody know what these are? Thanks.

The first two are Cooper's Hawk and the last one is a Rough-legged Hawk. Nice shots!

Jeremy
 

DanP

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Does look like a Cooper's hawk to me in the first two. The third might be a juvenile Cooper's Hawk but it is hard to differentiate from the Sharp-Skinned.
Thanks for your input JPAZ. This was the first and only time I saw a Cooper's hawk in the area (and the only time I've ever seen one). I turned around at it was just sitting there. I took a few pictures before trying to creep closer, but as soon as I moved it took off. I haven't seen it since. I've never seen a Sharp-Shinned hawk. There is an adult Rough-legged hawk in the area, so I think jmeyer's id (further on in this chain) of Rough-legged hawk makes perfect sense. Hawks seem to have so many morphs it's hard for an amateur to tell the difference between some of the hawk species. The adult vs. juvenile differences make it even more complex.
 
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