Birds, near and far

Sometimes I take long trips (even long day trips) to go see birds and take pictures of them, such as my 400-mile day trip to Ocean City, Maryland.

But sometimes birds just come to me, like this Cooper’s Hawk. The other day when I went out check my mail, it suddenly flew to and perched on a tree right in my front yard! I held my breath and got out my camera. Luckily, it stayed for a few minutes and I was able to snap a few pictures of it. The light was fading but at such close range, I was able to capture some stunning details.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

In the next picture, blown up to 100%, you can see the details:

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

So, sometimes all you need to be is in the right place at the right time, and sometimes that place may just be your home.

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