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Coopers Hawk, mostly molted to first basic
29-AUG-2012 Tom Grey

Cooper's Hawk, mostly molted to first basic

My back yard, Stanford campus

This regular visitor at our back yard fountain was almost fully molted to first basic (resembling adult) plumage for this photo; note the solid dark gray crown, and almost all the back, wing, and tail feathers dark gray, with only remaining juvenile tail feather and three secondaries. For a sequence of shots showing the progress of the bird's molt from mid-June, see . The bluish tinge to the gray feathers and the relatively bright rufous of the barred underparts suggest that this bird is a male.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV ,Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
1/200s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso1600 full exif

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