Winter Wanderers – Rough-legged Hawks

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Rough-legged HawkRough-legged Hawk – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 328 mm, natural light, not baited

I have started seeing Rough-legged Hawks again in northern Utah and that has me excited. I have seen them in Utah County and Davis County but I haven’t gotten any quality photos of them yet that I would call home about… or anyone else for that matter.

Three years ago today was a different story where I photographed a very cooperative, preening Rough-legged Hawk on Antelope Island for the better part of half an hour. I would have photographed the hawk longer but since I had a lunch date with friends I had to leave before the hawk was finished preening, fluffing, shaking and generally showing off for the camera. I really didn’t want to leave but lunch was great fun too.

I hadn’t processed this particular image before and I felt I had to this morning because the image made me laugh a bit because of the slightly goofy-looking pose.

Life is good.



  1. Sherry in MT November 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

    We have them all over the valley here but they are indeed hard to get good shots of and all of ours seem to enjoy their power pole perches the most!

  2. Humming Bird Lover November 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hi! What a beautiful bird I love it. It fits the season and is so pretty! Keep up the great photo’s

  3. Elephant's Child November 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Any day which starts me with looking at bird britches is a good day. Thanks for the start to this one.

  4. Sarah Mayhew November 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Really nice image of this hawk!

  5. mavourneen strozewski November 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Mia, it looks great! Love the pose and light!

  6. judy November 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

    How beautiful!!

  7. Lois Bryan November 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    love, love, love this one Mia … such delicate, warm neutral tones … and I’m just in WOW with this GREAT pose!!!! “Goofy” yes … but Cool definitely!!!!

  8. steven kessel November 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Wow, what a beautiful bird and what a gorgeous photo! We almost never see Rough-legged Hawks down here in southern Arizona. Right now, we’re seeing a big influx of Red Tails, and, I’m very pleased to say, the Ferruginous Hawks are making their annual visit. I’m going look for the latter species tomorrow and hope to post some images soon.

    • Mia McPherson November 22, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Hi Steven! Thanks for the comment. I hope you see plenty of Ferruginous Hawks today!

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