I was sitting on my front porch wooden rocker, reading, when I noticed a large bird swoop across the edge of my vision and land high up in the tree across the road. It immediately began to groom itself and I debated whether to go and get my camera. Many times hawks do not stay for long, so I decided to watch a little longer.
When the rays of the sun struck its breast, the great bird turned to gold.
I wanted to verify that it was either a Red-tailed Hawk, or a Cooper’s Hawk. I hurried inside and back out to the driveway with my camera sporting my new telephoto photo lens that zooms to 300mm. Because I used that lens, and was able to crop in closely for web viewing where a low resolution is adequate, I was able to see and am able to show you this majestic Cooper’s Hawk.