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Hawk Painting   5 comments

Science Day-1582 Cooper's Hawk Art II blogCooper’s Hawk Painting by kenne

“The more often we see the things around us –
even the beautiful and wonderful things –
the more they become invisible to us.
That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world:
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love.
Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

Surveying The Canyon On New Years Day   2 comments

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Cooper's Hawk-0803 blogCooper’s Hawk, New Years Day, 2018 — Image by kenne

This Cooper’s Hawk was spotted on New Years Day during a morning walk in the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area, northeast Tucson. 

— kenne

Hawk In Olive Tree   Leave a comment

Copper's Hawk-8836-2 art blogCooper’s Hawk Art by kenne

The sky predator
Kills by flying low and fast
This is not a game.

— kenne

Hawkeye   Leave a comment

Cooper's HawkHawkeye (Young Cooper’s Hawk) — Image by kenne 

The eye of the hawk
Dares the world around us
Frightening the soul.

— kenne

Cooper’s Hawk — New Life   Leave a comment

Cooper's Hawk-1115 II blogCooper’s Hawk — Computer Art by kenne

New life 


standing watch 


on the nest

struggling to survive 

a new world of

wind and fire

blowing down 

the mountain

twisting limbs

holding a carefully

crafted nest

chicks to be

in time

in time.

— kenne

Predator And Prey   1 comment

On Thursday of this past week, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists were teaching two first grade classes about predator and prey in a program we call “Now You See It.” My responsibility for the month of April is to coordinate the Thursday schedule with the teachers. Once the children are in the canyon, my job is one of “managing by walking around.”

While in the riparian area near the creek and dam I could hear a nearby cooper’s hawk. Following the sound, I spotted him on a dead limb high above the creek where he had caught a small bird. What a “real time” example of predator and prey for the day’s lesson. What follows are images and a video of the encounter, which I shared with the children.

— kenne

(Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Cooper’s Hawk Images and Video by kenne

Predator And Prey — Cooper’s Hawk

The varying modes of flight exhibited by our diurnal birds of prey
have always been to me a subject of great interest,
especially as by means of them I have found myself enabled
to distinguish one species from another,
to the farthest extent of my power of vision.

— John James Audubon

Cooper’s Hawk Grunge Art   Leave a comment

coopers-hawk-art-blogCooper’s Hawk Grunge Art by kenne


Cooper’s Hawk Painting   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon 06-09-12Cooper’s Hawk — Computer Painting by kenne


Cooper’s Hawk Visits Our Patio Fountain   5 comments

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Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-2-1 blogCooper’s Hawk Visits Our Patio Fountain (July 10, 2016) — Image by kenne

This hawk was attracted by the doves below the bird feeder on the patio.
With a temperature of 103 degrees, might as well take a water break.

— kenne


Watching Over Nest On A Windy Day   1 comment

Cooper's Hawk Over Nest (1 of 1) blogCooper’s Hawk Above Nest In Sabino Canyon (October 31, 2016) — Image by kenne

Wind gusts ruffle the hawks feathers while watching over the large nest
high in an ash tree in the Sabino Canyon riparian area above the Sabino Creek dam.
Since this area is near where the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
conduct their nature program for elementary school children,
many students will have a opportunity to see activity near the creek
adding to the excitement of being on a field trip in Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Cooper’s Hawk Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Copper's Hawk (1 of 1) art blogCooper’s Hawk — Grunge Art by kenne

“Everything come to you

in the right moment.

Be Patient.”

Two Cooper’s Hawk Images   6 comments

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Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-2 blogCooper’s Hawk — Images by kenne

My many walks with nature

have made me more aware 

of the world around me.

I have learn to look and

listen, improving my 

ability to connect,

to connect to my existence

with and through nature.

— kenne

My Neighborhood Cooper’s Hawk Family   4 comments

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1) blog IINeighborhood Cooper’s Hawk Parent Near Nest — Images by kenne

When not mornings in Sabino Canyon, I’m usually running the streets in our community, Tanuri Ridge. While running one morning in early April, I noticed a hawk flying into a large mesquite tree. As I came back around I saw another hawk with a twig fly into the tree, and made a mental note to look into the tree while on future runs.

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-2 blog IIParent in Sentry Position

Over time the two adults finished the nest. In the beginning it was easy to see the nest because the mesquite tree was just beginning to grow new leaves. Now it’s difficult to see the nest, but usually can see one adult in the tree and another in a sentry position about 50 yards away. Until the chicks got large enough to see their heads above the nest, there was no way I knew how many were there.

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-6 blog IIParent in Mesquite Tree Near the Nest

About two weeks ago, as I ran by the nesting tree, some neighbors were at the tree’s base. One of the chicks was on the ground. At close inspection it was apparent that the chick had an injured eye. We were not sure what caused the injury, but since we now know the nest has three chicks, with four in the nest a sibling or a parent may have inflected the injury. At any rate it was apparent the chick had been pushed from the nest.

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-7 blog IIOne of the Three Chicks

Yesterday, naturalist Anne Green posted a “chick update” on her blog “Your Daily Dose of Sabino Canyon.” Naturalists have been watching a Cooper’s hawk nest by the Sabino Canyon dam for weeks. With these chicks “branching” I decided it might be a good time to go photograph the Tanuri Ridge chicks. They are not branching, but I was able to confirm that the nest contains three chicks.

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-5 blog IIParent After Diving at Me

I spent time under and near the mesquite tree trying different photography angles. At first, one adult was in the nest with the chicks. Another was about 50 yards away. As I moved around, the adult in the nest was showing signs of getting anxious and left the nest to a perch about seven feet away. Meanwhile the other adult in a sentry position began a loud defense call, “cak-cak-cak. “

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-8 blog IIOne of the Three Chicks

Getting frustrated trying to photograph the chicks, I walked to where the other adult was calling. As I walked toward the sentry tree, another hawk flew by responding to the calls, which looked like one of last year’s juveniles. At one point the sentry adult flew in my direction circling around back up to its perch.

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-9 blog IIOne of the Three Chicks

I will keep watching the nest, but because of its location centered high in the mesquite tree, getting photos will continue to be very difficult, however, I enjoy the challenge.


Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-3 blog IIProud Parent

Nothing Is Without Meaning   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Clouds_Coopers Hawk blogCoopers Hawk On Flagpole In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

“America is great because she is good.
If America ceases to be good,
America will cease to be great.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville


She Is Everywhere And Nowhere A The Same Time   1 comment

Hawk (1 of 1) blogA Coopers Hawk Along The Wilderness Rock Trail On Mt. Lemmon (8/8/14) — Image by kenne

A quiet forest

Before others scream a curse

Causing her no shame.

— kenne

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