MatthewK wrote in post #18171373
Awesome, thank you for the correction! The Cooper/Sharp-Shinned definitely have red eyes, so that should have been a dead give away.
A couple of weeks ago, I was walking the wood path, stopped to adjust camera/chimp, and as I was looking down something caught the corner of my eye. I looked up, and these two hawks were perching about 20 ft. ahead of me, eye level, and by the time I got my camera up, they took off. Soooooo close to having a great shot!
Finding out which is which on the Coopers or Sharp-shinned is pretty hard too, eyes, legs, tail, back of their head, (amongst other things) all of those things still are hard to get sometimes to actually know what you're looking at. I know what to look for, they just seem to position themselves so I can't see well enough.
I do know what you mean about "so close to a good shot", I can't count the times that has happened to me, mostly by Kingfishers, I still to this day do not have one of those that I am happy with. Others here take pictures of ALL of the cool birds every day and make me want to get into quilt making or something.
I do want to say that you have some very good shots on your Flickr, you do quite well, I especially like Maddy's shot looking out the window, I am biased though since I really love dogs. heh Your shots were very enjoyable though, keep up the good work and soon you will get a shot of a Coopers or a Sharp-shinned!