Coopers Hawk Eats Quaker Parrot- NYC

Discussion in 'Nature' started by SteveNunez, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
    Steve Nunez
    Hey guys, I had my Samsung NX11 and Sigma 400mm APO (mf) lens and captured these shots at my local NYC park.
    It appears a Cooper's Hawk caught and killed a Quaker Parrot which are not technically native to NYC but have adapted and made permanent residences in NYC parks....

    Video here:
    http://www.stevenunez.com/hosted/samsungnx11/03124107.mov
     
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  2. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    raptors are beautiful but I love all birds and the predatory habits just make me sad.....
    Preferred "Vanishing Prairie" over the modern nature films.
     
  3. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    Tastes like chicken?

    Nice shots!
     
  4. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Raptors Gotta Eat Too

    It's a good thing he is preying on non-indiginous birds. It's almost always the case that exotics mess with the local resident fauna. Good hawk! :smile:
     
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  5. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Debi
    It's a bird-eat-bird world, I guess.

    I have a series of rather gruesome shots of a scrub jay killing a juvenile mockingbird in our backyard. Essentially the jay poked the mockingbird's brains out.
     
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  6. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
    Steve Nunez
    Having the raptors hunt successfully is a pleasing thing, sad part is I also enjoy seeing large parrots flying around NYC parks, makes for nice visuals.
     
  7. Farcanalman

    Farcanalman  

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    Feb 12, 2012
    Incidentally Steve, what f-stop were you on to get those shots with that monster lens?
     
  8. SteveNunez

    SteveNunez Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 11, 2010
    South Florida
    Steve Nunez
    I'm not entirely sure as I was changing f-stops to vary sharpness but I think f11 was the setting......I have tons of shots at varying f-stops and it appears the lens is sharp across the full range with max sharpness from 6.3 to 11- but still sharp at other stops.
     
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