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Cooper’s Hawk keeps watch on its territory

Twice now I have witnessed a bit of conflict between this small hawk and the Great Horned Owls at a nearby open space. Everybody gets along fine until the male owl takes flight. That seems to draw out the Cooper’s and they chase it and pester the much bigger raptor incessantly. I know the owls have a nest at the location and I suspect the hawks do as well thus leading to the conflict.

On this particular morning the hawk had chased off the owl but knew exactly where it had gone and was keeping a close eye on it to ensure it did not return. That allowed me to get a couple of pictures of the Cooper’s Hawk, a common but somewhat elusive raptor.

A Cooper's Hawk looks toward the early morning sun in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper’s Hawk looks toward the early morning sun in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper's Hawk looks keeps watch in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper’s Hawk keeps watch in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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