Possibly the greatest joy and satisfaction for an outdoor photographer is being able to photograph great images close to home. The greatest for me personally is when I get to see and successfully photograph something most people rarely get to see in nature but occurred in my own backyard.
The following images of my resident coopers hawk are an example of such an occasion. It’s not that they are technically superior images, which they aren’t. It’s not that coopers hawks are rare and never seen, which they aren’t. Being able to observe one of natures grand spectacles, a nesting pair of coopers hawks just yards from my front door and being able to bring that experience through photography for others to enjoy is what drives me to keep taking photographs.
I have a pair of coopers hawks which have set up housekeeping right above my house, just yards from both my front and back doors so each time I come home I am usually greeted by some chatter high up in the canopy of trees. It’s a welcome sound and sight in my yard.
I have been blessed over the years to have many owls in my yard but this is the first time at a residence I have been able to see a raptor nest. Last year they successfully raised a couple of young which fledged out and eventually took to the skies never to be seen again.
This year I hope for the same success. I will enjoy their company and keep trying to take photographs of these incredible birds for the summer until the nest is empty and the pair take to roaming the area until they come back again in the spring to do it all over again. Isn’t nature great?