Not long ago, I was in the ranch lands east of where I live, camera in hand, to find buteos. You see, every winter, the northern states in the continental U.S. get visitors from above the Arctic Circle, who winter here. They are known as the Rough-legged Hawk...and I think they are gorgeous birds.
Though it was the first run into Rough-legged country, it proved profitable. I hope you enjoy the shots.
Rough-legged Hawks get their name from their legs, which are covered with feathers. Though you can't see this in any of these photos, you can see the light colored head of the younger hawks.
As we turned on to another road to head to the main road, I noticed a lone hawk sitting on a fence post. A quick stop produced a beautiful profile shot of a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, which is seen below.
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