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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Release

This Cooper's Hawk is releasing its grip off a dead tree as it is about to takeoff. What's interesting is I thought that all birds simultaneously pushed off with both feet, but it is obvious from this photo that this Cooper's Hawk did not push off with its feet simultaneously.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Linwood, New Jersey, United States of America
Copyright: © Mindy Roth