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There are days on the Laguna de Santa Rosa when all a person will see are birds.  Like today.  Beside a couple of  hunters, an angry bee and some admittedly goofy looking holstein cattle, it was a bird paradise.

I was able to make quite a few decent images.  The content in a few of the photographs below are firsts for me.  I’ve never photographed a hawk hunting before, amazingly the bird never even flinched as it flew past me barely 15 yards away.  Either I look like a tree (I’ve been called that a few times) or the hawk, which hangs out with it’s mate in the area south of Occidental Road, has adapted to the big guy with a white lens.

All this on the last day of fall 2013 and 65 beautiful degrees.

A Cooper's hawk descends on prey at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Friday Dec. 20, 2013 (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A Cooper's hawk descends on prey at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Friday Dec. 20, 2013 (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A Cooper's hawk looks for prey at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Friday Dec. 20, 2013 (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Geese fly above the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Friday Dec. 20, 2013, and below the waning full moon. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

A cormorant takes off with a small catfish at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Friday Dec. 20, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

-Kent Porter

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  1. Brian

    Beautiful captures!!! I do believe that the first three images are of a Northern Harrier not a Coopers Hawk. Keep up the blog. I’ve been enjoying immensely.

    December 21st, 2013 4:11 am

  2. weather

    Thanks for the kind words, Brian. There are so many types of birds at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, it’s been an experience just to figure out what I just photographed. Upon closer look, the hawk indeed does look like the northern harrier!

    Feel free to correct my ornithologically challenged mind.

    KP

    December 24th, 2013 3:51 pm

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