Which Hawk is this?

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sergerez Regular Member • Posts: 302
Which Hawk is this?
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Hello, fellow photographers,

This was the very first time I ran into this magnificent bird: at first just saw a shadow, moving extremely fast through the forest, then spotted the place near the water where it landed (probably, hunting for its pray). When the bird saw me, it returned back to the forest, and sit on the branch about 30 yards away from the camera. But just for a few seconds, so I’m happy to get those two pics. I’m still in doubt, whether it’s an immature Cooper’s Hawk, or a female of Sharp-Shinned Hawk (it’s well known, the females are bigger than males). Both pictures are significantly cropped, they are taken in upstate NY.

f someone could identify the bird on pictures, I would gladly appreciate that.

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