Five On The Wing – #22


Another five bird species in flight, with these all also being raptors!


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Cooper’s Hawk
Wingspan 24.4-35.4 inches (62-90 cm)


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Bald Eagle
Wingspan 72-90 inches (182cm-229cm)


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Northern Harrier
Wingspan 40.2-46.5 inches (102-118 cm)


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Red-tailed Hawk
Wingspan 44.9-52.4 inches (114-133 cm)


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Red-shouldered Hawk
Wingspan 37.0-43.7 inches (94-111 cm)


42 thoughts on “Five On The Wing – #22

    • Thank you kindly! The shot of the Red-shouldered was interesting in color but the B&W really highlighted the hawk’s markings in the wings and tails, I love when I get shots like these!!

  1. Agree with Tofino, like the backlight in the last shot. Sorry to be a pita but that looks like a hood on the hawk thus a sharp-shinned. Also the square tail. I am just trying to practice my ID-ing, by no means an expert. The light does make it difficult.

    • Thank you, Jane! I do love that Red-shouldered back lit in B&W. I actually have 8 photos of the Cooper’s Hawk and am able to get more of a look at the head, it shows more of a capped look and not the Sharpie’s hood. Also there can be a faint light brow on a Cooper’s that the Sharpies don’t have in adulthood. I can see that in one of my photos. Also the head is projected well out in front of the wings and not stubbed/equal to the wings like the Sharpie does. The tail feathers are hard to see in my shot here but another shot showed the tail feathers more rounded and not squared off like the Sharpie. That all being said, whew, the Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are indeed very hard to ID, you need several photos to figure it out if you aren’t lucky to get the one perfect shot. With all my photos, I felt confident to ID it as a Cooper’s. And I really do appreciate you pointing out what you saw, because I know I am no expert either! It helps me stay on my toes in learning more as we go along!! πŸ€—πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

    • Thank you, Simon! I do luck out on some close fly-bys it seems. πŸ™‚ I am also using a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E lens most of the time. I really love my Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 that I had for a good 8+ years, but it broke last summer while we were traveling, so I bought the 200-500mm to replace it. Since getting home, I’ve learned the 70-200mm is probably not worth fixing because of cost, so I’m torn on whether to buy it again, it really is such an awesome lens for clarity and not so awkward to handle. I do miss it!!

  2. The treatment on that last shot is incredible – really pops with the white highlights on the darker body all framed by a neutral gray – very nice.

  3. Yay! To all and every one of these! We’ve seen a Cooper’s miss snagging a dove out in the backyard… and then the red-shouldered came and posed on our gatepost. Conveniently within easy range of E’s zoom lens. (I might just get around to posting that beauty one of these days… fresh year, fresh start???)

    Wishing you and your family (especially your dad) much health and happiness!

    • Thank you Gunta, looking forward to those bird shots!

      Best wishes to you and yours as well! Thanks for thinking of my Dad too, he’s home with a long road to recovery. Next week he’ll find out if he can start trying to eat and drink again. He hasn’t for over a month. 😦 I cannot see him now because of the increase in covid #s. They are not boostered.

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