Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Peregrine. F***ing. Falcon! UPDATE: "Cooper's Hawk." DAMMIT!

As a self-described "Bird Nerd" THIS... is pretty damn cool!

I had noticed a strange bird swooping by my feeders out on the "Monogamous Compound" and wondered what the F is THAT thing?

A few blurry glimpses. A few aborted attempts at a photo.

Then today, my lovely wife snaps a lovely perched shot of this guy under a blanket of December snow.

Peregrine. F***ing. Falcon.

Awesome.

Fastest bird... nay ANIMAL... in the world!

Can swoop down at 200 F'ING MILES PER HOUR!

Eats rock doves, apparently.

Which makes sense, because I have so many rock doves around my feeder it's looks like a damn Sizzler for predatory apex birds!

>>>>>>> UPDATE >>>>>>>>

Thanks to many better eyed BIRD NERDS out there.... for correcting.

I am crestfallen. BUT... still happy to have attracted a spectacular "Cooper's Hawk."

I shall add it to my collection.

11 comments:

  1. I don't think that is a Peregrine, they are blue - gray and don't have that much white on their belly. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Falco_peregrinus_-Nova_Scotia,_Canada_-eating-8.jpg

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  2. Yeah I was gonna say - that looks like your standard old hawk to me. LOL at Czabe being a self proclaimed bird nut and not even knowing what you standard hawk looks like.

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  3. Any raptor in your yard is cool to see regardless of the type.

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  4. although, there is the possibility that its a sharp-shinned hawk. they are almost identical to the coopers hawk, size is the big indicator. I am still leaning towards the coopers hawk

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  5. Wish he had a better shoot of the tail - off the pic I'd say Coopers. Looks like the undertail coverts are white. Sharp-shinned doesn't perch often and although size is hard to judge here, it appears to be later than a crow.

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  6. Those things eat my neighbors pigeons like their candy.

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  7. Indeed a Coopers but still very cool. I had one in the backyard a few winters ago right outside my kitchen window disemboweling a rabbit it had just snagged under my bird feeder. Disturbing yet I watched and filmed the whole thing.

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