Cooper’s Hawk

There are some beautiful birds at the Chattahoochee Nature Center that are amazing to see.  This is one of the three varieties of hawks that they have on display.  I wouldn’t call this a photographer’s paradise since the enclosures block direct sight and the animals often hide in the dark corners but they are magnificent creatures.

You can see how alert and aware this bird of prey is of movement around it.  The piercing orange eyes seem to look right through you.  I can just picture this bird with it’s wings spread wide, diving to grab up a small rodent and flying away with it’s prize.

Many of the animals here come to the Nature Center as rescues that could not survive in the wild and are nursed back to health by the staff.  I am just glad for the chance to see them and appreciate the grandeur of nature so near my own home.

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 –  1/20 sec – ISO 400

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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