There’s some discussion in the comments of an article earlier on concerning Cooper’s hawks and pigeons, so I thought a couple of pics of Cooper’s hawks would be appropriate.
This Cooper’s hawk is being rehabilitated at the Marin County raptor facility at Hawk Hill. Despite regulations, many raptors are killed and injured every year by people who shoot at them or trap them without permits. This Cooper’s hawk was fortunate; its injuries were not permanently debilitating and it was released shortly after I took this picture.
This Cooper’s hawk was a frequent visitor to our backyard, where he kept a close eye on our pigeon loft. He took quite a few of our young pigeons as they were learning to fly. I was perhaps thirty feet away when I took this picture; it isn’t often that you can get that close to a wild raptor on a perch.
Fuji S2 Pro camera, Nikkor AFS VR 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for both pictures, IIRC.