Unexpected Visitor

We had a surprise visitor to our backyard pond the other day - a young hawk! Scott noticed him (her?) perched on one of the stones, looking down at the water.

On the Perch

He appeared to be watching the gold fish in the pond. Maybe hoping for an afternoon snack?

Then he moved closer to the house - on to the cover of the pond's recirculation pump, where he continued to look down at the water. He was less than 3 feet away from the house - certainly the closest I've been to a raptor in the wild.
Fanfare

I love how the tail feathers are fanned out, and notice the slight lean forward in this next photo - just prior to him taking off in flight:

Straining

I didn't get a decent photo of him in flight, but it was cool to watch. He never did take anything from the pond, either. We only have little goldfish in the pond and since some of them swim very close to the surface, I thought he would grab one.

I am not any sort of raptor expert, so if anyone out there knows what type of hawk this guy is, please let me know in the comments!

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Diane Cayton-Hakey  – (September 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM)  

Maybe a Cooper's Hawk?

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/coopers_hawk/id

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (September 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM)  

Beautiful photo of him beside the pond with his tail fanned out. He looks like a Cooper's hawk. Oh, LOL! I see my sister already posted that. Well, great minds.....

tinajo  – (September 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM)  

Wow, beautiful bird, how nice that he was so close!

Nancy Claeys  – (September 4, 2013 at 6:08 AM)  

Loving the tail feather fan he's presenting!

Anita Johnson  – (September 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM)  

Isn't that something! I would have guessed a Hoopers Hawk too. We had one fly into our patio window last year after landing near our pond. Maybe they like fish? Great pics!

Kathleen's Blog  – (September 9, 2013 at 5:47 AM)  

Awesome photos---how close could you get to the bird?? I have never seen one this close up.

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