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20100412 513 Coopers Hawk SERIES.jpg
12-APR-2010 Hank v/d Velde

20100412 513 Cooper's Hawk SERIES.jpg

Mud Lake, Ottawa

Four Images.

Whilst the female Cooper's Hawk was taking a bath, a female Mallard approached her seemingly unconcerned and unafraid.

In the top image, the Hawk seems to look up in surprise. How dare a duck approach her.

The Hawk seems to look to us in wonder, almost as if asking, "Now what do I do?"

Unconcerned, the Duck keeps on coming.

With an astonished look, the Hawks backs up out of the water. The duck then simply swims away.

Nikon D300S ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/400s f/6.3 at 500.0mm iso250 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
LindavdVeeken27-May-2012 00:08
Very special!
Cliff23-Sep-2010 18:47
Ah, there they are, thanks Hank.
Cliff23-Sep-2010 06:33
Only pic one is showing at the moment, and what a great photo it is, makes me long to see the other three but they say "access denied".
Sharon Payette21-Jun-2010 07:34
Awesome series, Hank. Right place, right time.
Alain Dumas15-Jun-2010 01:15
Fascinating! Timing is everything, great story.
Robert D. McAlpine09-Jun-2010 21:35
Great series of images, Hank!
Ann Sherba09-Jun-2010 14:10
Wonderful series!!
Monique LaguŽ08-Jun-2010 23:26
Great capture very beautiful. v
Jean D07-Jun-2010 14:28
Terrific series and narration, Hank!
Monique LaguŽ06-Jun-2010 23:34
Great capture and excellent story. v
Sandi Whitteker06-Jun-2010 15:56
Great series Hank. You can see the surprize on the hawks face.
Carol Breton06-Jun-2010 15:40
Amazing capture of an unusual situation. Excellent series Hank. ~
Dennis05-Jun-2010 13:42
Great timing and captures Hank...well done.
Cheers !
Shelly- VA Beach05-Jun-2010 01:38
How incredible! Wonderful series again, Hank!
Dave Hawkins04-Jun-2010 01:12
Interesting indeed, I would have bet on the hawk
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal03-Jun-2010 14:29
Wat een geweldige mooie serie Hank, je zou denken die eend is levens moe!!
Marco Valk03-Jun-2010 12:35
Very cool series; that's one brave duck!
slhoornstra03-Jun-2010 03:26
A truly fabulous and captivating series, really enjoyable and beautifully done!! VVV
Joanne Kamo03-Jun-2010 01:01
Amazing series and capture of the interaction!
gary rouleau02-Jun-2010 23:51
Wonderful series
Simon Chandler02-Jun-2010 20:48
Fantastic images. So lively with interesting expression. Very unique. v
Monique Trempe02-Jun-2010 20:31
Beautiful series, I like the first shot very much, what a beautiful bird. BV
Lieve Snellings02-Jun-2010 20:05
wow Hank this is awesome ! BV
Colin Storey02-Jun-2010 19:49
Stunning series hank.
reflectionsofnature02-Jun-2010 19:33
Well put together series Hank!
Ali Majdfar02-Jun-2010 18:40
Stunning captures! ~V
bill friedlander02-Jun-2010 18:28
Love this series, specially the last shot with the expression 'what does he think he's doing'. Had to smile when I saw this. Terrific. V
Maja Waiss02-Jun-2010 17:21
Sofia Solomennikova02-Jun-2010 16:35
well yes, that was not a patterned model of behavior ahaha so even the animals with instincts don't know how to behave LOL I hope they parted as friends? :) V
Jay Levin02-Jun-2010 16:22
This is a great behavioral series, Hank, with terrific shots of the hawk.
Betty Vlasiu02-Jun-2010 15:05
Wonderful series ! Beautiful colors and clarity! BV
Larry Peterson02-Jun-2010 14:08
Unbelievable series, Hank. Excellent! V
Guest 02-Jun-2010 13:49
Wow! Great series, V
Jim Coffman02-Jun-2010 12:55
Great series,Hank!! I would think the duck would be afraid of becoming a meal for this hawk.
Bill McMullen02-Jun-2010 12:33
Great series, Hank.
Char02-Jun-2010 12:06
LOL, What a terrific series, Hank! Great story telling pictures with so much character. \/
an nguyen02-Jun-2010 11:24
Your bird series gave me a peaceful feeling and a happy smile on my face.
Jeff Waldorff02-Jun-2010 10:57
Great series, Hank... that is a brave duck!
NealyBob02-Jun-2010 10:20
Excellent series Hank! Give that duck a medal for bravery~!
Jean-Luc Rollier02-Jun-2010 10:03
Excellent series!Amazing situation!
JL Vote
Yaki Zander.02-Jun-2010 07:13
Superb! V
lou_rozensteins02-Jun-2010 07:06
Another great bird interaction. Well done.
XiaoBernard9902-Jun-2010 06:42
:o) great serial Hank.The nature tells and looks by you it always is interesting.The posing of the hawk is stunning.
January Grey02-Jun-2010 05:10
One of the most incredible series I've ever seen, Hank! Outstanding!!!
Peter Stahl02-Jun-2010 04:37
Amazing!! :-)
Ann Pettigrew02-Jun-2010 03:51
Way to go, Hank! This must have been fun to watch. Isn't nature great!?!
Robert Houde02-Jun-2010 03:50
Great series Hank, I like this situation! That one duck is supposed to be afraid!
Yi Feng02-Jun-2010 03:04
Wonderful series, Hank! What a great experience!
Len02-Jun-2010 02:46
A once in a lifetime scenario? Well captured Hank!!!!
Tom Munson02-Jun-2010 02:44
This is amazing, Hank! I would never think the Cooper's would behave like this. Terrific work!
sandy barbour02-Jun-2010 02:37
Amazing series of pictures Hank, such excellent details and a terrific story! V
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