Rough-legged Hawk perched on a stump

A male Rough-legged Hawk looking down at the marshA male Rough-legged Hawk looking down at the marsh – Nikon D810, f9, 1/400, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I still haven’t had many opportunities with Rough-legged Hawks this year but I am hoping that the snow that we are having will bring them into the areas where I find and photograph them here in Utah.

The first great opportunity I had with them this year was this male Rough-legged Hawk perched on a stump at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge in Box Elder County and so far… it has been my best opportunity.

A Rough-legged Hawk male giving me an over the shoulder lookA Rough-legged Hawk male giving me an over the shoulder look – Nikon D810, f9, 1/320, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I have been back to Bear River National Wildlife Refuge several times since I photographed this handsome hawk and each time I go I look for him to be perched in the same spot. It is simply wishful thinking on my part I am sure but you just never know. I probably should head back up there soon just to check it out.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child December 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Just beautiful.
    And I would be looking and wishing too.

  2. Patty Chadwick December 21, 2015 at 9:15 am

    These are lovely shots…in all respects. Love the detail, composition, colors, postion, background, weathered wood, all of it. I understand your looking for that bird on the same place, again Some years ago, I saw a coyote trotting across the ice on a local reservoir and I find myself looking for him again every time I pass that spot–Winter or Summer…crazy!

  3. Utahbooklover December 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful details in the over the shoulder look.
    The coming snow should help with your goal.

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