on the lookout
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. Dashing through vegetation to catch birds is a dangerous lifestyle. In a study of more than 300 Cooper’s Hawk skeletons, 23 percent showed old, healed-over fractures in the bones of the chest, especially of the furcula, or wishbone.
Captured at The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/9 @ 560 mm, 1/1600, ISO 640, No Flash
© Kathy Gillentine Photography