Autumn in central Oregon is an interesting time of the year. Over the next few days we have snow, rain, wind, sun, clouds...you name it, in our forecast. But I still enjoy it.
And, it may not be as colorful as other parts of the country, but there is something I am always looking forward to seeing.
That is the return of the Rough-legged Hawks.
They spend their summers breeding above and in the area of the Arctic Circle. When it starts to get too cold there, they head to the northern parts of the United States...and one of those parts is central Oregon.
The first Rough-legged Hawk I ever saw was perched on a fence post about 20 feet from me. It was a magnificent bird, a large bird and I didn't have a camera at the time. Since then I have acquired a camera, but haven't seen a Rough-legged Hawk in a similar position.
Below are the some of the shots I have gotten of these beautiful hawks. All were distance shots, but one of these days, I'll get that shot of the bird 20 feet away from me I so desire.
Misty Dawn's Camera Critter Meme is a great way to see critters of all types. Go to the Meme homepage here and check out more entries. Then join the fun and let the world see your critters!