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Cooper's, Goshawk or something else?

I am camping on Mt. Rose outside of Reno, Nevada at 8500' elevation in a pine forest/meadow area.  I am on the Tahoe Rim Trail, specifically the Interpretive Meadow Trail.  There have been Goshawks in the general area but not precisely here.  Photo taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 zoom lens.  Taken at 400 zoom with LOTS of cropping during editing.  It was not close! 

Goshawk Immature -  Appears to have a light colored supercillium. It seemed larger than a Coop but always hard to tell from a distance.  The streaking on neck and, from what I can see, on breast is heavy.  Lacks the more mottled back.

Cooper's Immature - More common although I don't if true at this elevation.  More solid colored back.  

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