When every bird disappears from the feeding area, look for a predator.
Yep, there he is. He is about the size of a crow.
This wet, bedraggled Cooper’s Hawk was hunting in the wintery mix precipitation this morning and Flash Black took these wonderful photos. Cooper’s Hawk is a lifer for me.
He can keep his feet warm by pulling one up close to his body while clinging to a branch with the other.
Tail helps with balancing act.
Now he is again scanning for a meal. You can tell he is young because his eyes are yellow. They darken with age from yellow to orange to red. This one has his feathers fanned maybe to dry them, shed water, or keep them from freezing together. The photos were made with a Canon Rebel XTi with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens on a tripod.