June 13, 2018
A Near Miss
- as seen by -Jonathan C. Slaght
Cooper’s hawks are precision instruments, designed to pluck other birds from the cover of forest by ambush and stealth. These crow-sized raptors thrive in urban and suburban landscapes, trapping starlings in alleys, taking robins from backyards, and striking pigeons in city parks.
Last week, this Cooper’s hawk threaded the narrow driveway between a lilac hedge and my house in Minneapolis, moving eye-level like a grey missile, pivoting off target when it saw me to land in a nearby tree. There, the hawk alternated its red-eyed glare from me to the cedars where the resident sparrows were now uncharacteristically silent.
I had inadvertently spoiled this hunt, but this hawk would not likely go hungry for long.
Canon 7D Mark II