While out for a drive…
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Cooper’s & Sharpshin Hawks

I was driving along the levee on Cache creek when all of a sudden there was a flash across the windshield. As I put on the brakes and turned my head I saw a Cooper’s hawk flying at full speed. He looked just like the one that I’ve seen patrolling the orchard flying through and under the walnut trees in search of prey. This one, however, had something in pursuit of him; it was a much smaller version of himself. It could have been the female which is somewhat tinier; but this one was smaller still. I think that it was the Sharpshin hawk. They did a few spectacular aerial maneuvers and then they were gone. I think that it was likely a territorial skirmish. It all happened so fast that my hand barely got near the camera.

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