It is not that I am not used to seeing the hawks swooping around the neighborhood, but I have never seen them perched so close to the house. This beautiful Cooper's Hawk was sitting on the top of the trellis, not 15 feet from the door.
I grabbed the camera and started shooting. Then I decided to go outside and see how close I could get. I wandered around from one side to the other and he never took his eyes off of me. Approaching him from the treed side behind him I got within about six feet: