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Cooper's Hawk, Ojai

Cooper's Hawk in a Chinese Pistache Tree, Ojai, California.

Original image 30.1 Mp - Cropped image 1696 x 2572 pixels

A Cooper's Hawk had been diving into a clump of rockroses over and over and then coming back to roost in this Pistache Tree.

Cooper's Hawk, Elwood Beach

Cooper's Hawk photo taken at Elwood Monarch Grove on the bluffs above Naples Reef, Goleta, California.

Original image 18.1 Mp - Cropped image 1696 x 2572 pixels

A hike along the bluffs next to the Elwood Monarch Grove included a Cooper's Hawk encounter that more than made up for not seeing a single Monarch Butterfly. It is early for the Monarchs to come to roost in October but I was hoping. I hiked on out to the bluffs, while passing some Eucalyptus trees a small hawk circled into and through the trees, landing on a branch just on the other side of the access road. To say I was excited would be to terrifically understate my condition. I think the Cooper's Hawk just wanted to check his reflection in the lens. Then he decided to pose and give me the good profile. Trying to keep a happy dance subtle enough not to scare off the birds was surely my biggest challenge. I hiked on finding a Say's Phoebe on a wire..

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