Cooper's Hawk (Adult)

February 04, 2007


I don't know if this adult (compare with earlier post from Jan. of Cooper's juvenile) had flown into a building, or if there was something else going on. There wasn't a lot of body fat, so perhaps it didn't get enough to eat. It's sad to see a bird like this, yes, but even in this state it's incredibly beautiful. Everything I find aesthetically pleasing is born out of a creature perfectly adapted to its role in nature. When I began birding after living in Chicago for a number of years, it was a revelation to train my senses to see the diversity of avian life that comes through the area. Being able to go about my daily business, and know that I'm sharing space with something like this is oddly comforting.

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