Rough-legged Hawk ~ Friday Photos

Rough-legged HawkRough-legged Hawk – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light, not baited

This Rough-legged Hawk was photographed this past winter at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah.

Rough-legged Hawks breed in the Arctic so we don’t see them around here in northern Utah during the summer. I think that makes me appreciate them all the more when they are here.

I didn’t notice until after I published “Birds of Antelope Island” yesterday that it was my 400th post on this blog. This blog has been visited by people from 154 countries since I started writing it. It is awesome to reach out and touch so many viewers from so many locations!



  1. Maria F. June 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Congrats on your 400th posts! The face of this rough-legged Hawk is very detailed!

    • Mia McPherson July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Maria. I love the faces of Rough-legged Hawks, they look so unique.

  2. Julie Brown June 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    That is a gorgeous bird! Congrats on the 400th post, Mia.

  3. Susan June 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    What a wonderful image Mia:)

  4. Carol Mattingly June 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve noticed more and more when viewing blogs where folks mostly post bird images that I enjoy the images more when there’s a beautiful interesting background like flora or fauna. This one I like because it shows the tree with the seed pods. Don’t know what it is about flora and fauna, except perhaps it’s the natural habitat. I love all your images Mia. I stop by every single day. I may not always post a comment, but you can bet I’m thinking of something. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Carol

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Carol, I much prefer images taken in natural habitats over set up shots where the background are smooth and clean, I think habitat can add to the impact of an image. Thanks so much for commenting.

  5. Bob Zeller June 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Great shot, Mia. I agree, I am having a blast, hearing from people from all over. You and I both have a lot of longevity doing our posts. I don’t know how I keep coming up with stuff to write about. I only have 132 countries, but I published my 532nd post today. What fun!!

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      It is great fun to share our images and stories, isn’t it Bob??

  6. Syl June 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

    unbelievable detail in this photo..

  7. Stu June 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Yes, well deserved attention and traffic Mia! As always, awesome shots! I need to stop changing countries each time I post though 😉

  8. Robert Mortensen June 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Congrats on your 400th beautiful post!

  9. Dave Sparks June 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

    You wrote “…. my 400th post on this blog. This blog has been visited by people from 154 countries since I started writing it. It is awesome to reach out and touch so many viewers from so many locations”! Congratulations – for your persistence and, of course, the great photography and content.

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you Dave, writing about birds & nature and sharing my images has given me much pleasure.

  10. Julie G. June 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Lovely capture of a most beautiful raptor! Congratulations on your 400th post! I am always inspired by your magnificent work.

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you Julie, you are very kind!

  11. Steve Creek June 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Awesome photo Mia and congrats. I enjoy all your photos and post.

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Steve, I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing your photos too!

  12. @steve_happ June 29, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Great photo mia.

    congratulations on your 400th post. time flies when you are having fun. 🙂


    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Steve, times does fly when you are having fun. I can’t believe this year is half over already.

  13. Gerry Williamson June 29, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This is an awesome blog (and awesome photography) – well-deserving of the wide audience you receive, Mia!

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