20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Young Cooper's Hawk Trying Out It's Wings Before Fledging

A young Cooper's Hawk stretches its wings in the nest in preparation for taking its first flight. The sunlight coming from behind beautifully illuminates those new feathers.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Prescott Valley, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Heather Spencer