Backyard Cooper’s Hawk

There was a Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the back fence today being photogenic.

He was there for quite some time around lunchtime. I took more than 200 photos of him, and these wound up being the best ones. It was a difficult shooting situation being inside the house behind a screen and dirty windows. I’d have loved to sneak out the front door and come around the house to get photos of it while I was outside, but with the privacy fence and the gate being heavy, that would have scared it away for sure.

I also think I need to get a remote. I was using the full 300mm of my non-image stabilized kit zoom lens and these shots are just fuzzy enough that I think the small amount of shake from pushing the shutter button reduced image quality pretty significantly. I could probably afford a remote at this point, but I do not have enough money for a better long lens with image stabilization for wildlife. Oh, and a faster memory card might have been nice for shooting motion in RAW. Oh, the things on my want list.