Coopers Hawk. Copyright, ©2011 James McGrew
I took my daughters for a walk to the grocery store (via a 2 mi. nature trail) and happened to carry the Canon 300 f2.8L IS just in case I saw any cool birds, flowers or shots of my kids. Sure enough, in addition to some beautiful spring forest flowers and of course cute pictures of my daughters, on the way back from the store, I heard this Cooper's Hawk calling overhead. I moved around the tree until I found a suitable view. A half dozen people wandered directly below this beautiful raptor without even noticing its existence high in the canopy. Its amazing what we sometimes find in our own neighborhoods when we simply slow down and observe.