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Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 5:59
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus, 48-60 cm), probably a young one, in-flight and coming in my direction!

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

A hawk of the North, the Rough-legged Hawk breeds in Arctic tundra and taiga regions around the northern hemisphere. Both dark and light forms are common, with many birds intermediate between the extremes.

Large hawk.
Wings long and broad.
Flight feathers pale, with dark trailing edge to wings.
Black marks at wrists.
Tail broad, with white at base and broad dark tip.
Commonly with pale, streaked chest and broad dark belly.
May be all dark, but still with pale wing feathers and white at base of tail.

Size: 47-52 cm (19-20 in)
Wingspan: 132-138 cm (52-54 in)
Weight: 715-1400 g (25.24-49.42 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male light morph has some dark barring on otherwise pale wing feathers, narrow dark bands near base of tail, and belly with variable amount of dark mottling. Female has cleaner white wing feathers, only one or two dark bands on tail (large one near tip), a nearly completely dark belly, and a browner back. Dark morphs similar, but female is browner. Some birds have mixed plumage patterns of opposite sex.

Call a drawn-out, downward "kaaaar."

Conservation Status
No evidence of any change in North American breeding populations.

Other Names
Buse pattue (French)
Ratonero calzado (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The nest of the Rough-legged Hawk sometimes contains the bones of caribou along with sticks.

The name "Rough-legged" Hawk refers to the feathered legs. The Rough-legged Hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk, and the Golden Eagle are the only American hawks to have legs feathered all the way to the toes.

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-14 6:08]

Hi Mario,
Making excellent, a perfect frame and some very good tones like the colors are very natural! Good photo.
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings Jose

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-14 6:36]

very perfect shot in shrpness and details,i think not easy to made so clear whit a flying bird,thanks for share,Luciano

Hola Mario, excelente captura!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-14 7:36]

Bonjour Mario, très belle photo de ce faucon et pas évidente à faire étant donné le contre-jour. L'exposition est très belle et le fond bleu du ciel est aussi bien exposé. J'aime beaucoup le mouvement de torsion en plein vol et tous les détails du plumage. Félicitation!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-14 7:47]

Hello Mario,
excellent in-flight shot of this Rough-Legged Buzzard.
Superb pose showing its manouvereable tail in action.
Sharp with excellent clarity.
We can see those searching eyes very clearly.
Well done,

Hi Mario,

Do you use AI Servo for shots like this?? I have real trouble with this kind of photography. Your sharpness is super.
Thanks for the ID. We did manage one shot of a landing hawk and its legs were feathered all the way to his toes. It's a beautiful bird.

Evelynn : )

hello mario,
nice capture of this hawk, sharp image with good details, the sky looks nice as the bg, good lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-14 8:43]

Hola Mario.- Nice and sharp photo. Perfect frame of this in flight Hawk. The blue sky looks great too.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-14 9:19]

Hi , short of time having to work late just marking your good picture for now.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-14 9:53]

Hi Mario

Lovely POV with great detail and exposure.



Hello Mario
This is a lovely capture..superb sharp details..and you have his eyes..this is one to aspire to for me as I have a pair of buzzards and a sparrowhawk local to me and I have yet to pull of a shot anywhere near this yet!!..perseverance I think is needed.
Superb Shot and a very informative note.

Hello Mario,
Your posting never failed every one, always in a top quality presentation!
this one is no exception of the in flight Hawk in total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details to enjoy!
excellent job well done
friend Tony

I am very anxious to get out this next spring and track some of these hawks and such around our skies here...and until then I always have you Mario...I learn a bit more about the nature of your own personal methods...and you are indirectly teaching me by examp0le of things I might try...Much appreciated.l..I am your number one fan!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-14 13:00]

Hola Mario,
preciosa captura con detalles hermosos...
bello bg, y foco excelente,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-14 13:06]

Hi Mario,

I have a month's worth of your posts to try to catch up on. You froze this hawk perfectly showing wonderful details. I'm amazed at how clear the eye is. I love the position of the wings and tails. Great in-flight shot.


Hello Mario
Very nice shot of this Rough-legged Hawk,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV,
Superb shot.


Salut Mario,
C'est tellement impressionnant de voir ces oiseaux magnifiques! Chanceux! C'est une excellent photo en vol, pas facile à faire, j'ai souvent tenté l'expérience mais sans succès. C'est une superbe prise, félicitations!

Hello Mario,
Very wonderful in-flight shot of this Rough-Legged Buzzard you present here.
I can never get such a photo with my short lens. :-)
Beautiful and Wonderful!!
Well presented with excellent details and perfect focusing.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo, dear friend.
I really love your precious gallery very much. :-)
Best wishes,
PS: I hope I would get your advice on my chickadee shot. :-)

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-14 16:06]


Excellente prise en vol de ce rapace. Tout est bien en focus, les couleurs sont belles. Tu l'as vraiment bien immortaliser sur ton capteur. Bravo!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-14 18:28]

Hi Mario,
Wonderful in-flight shot of this Hawk and you have freezed it perfectly. Very neat image with great lighting and exposure. The blue sky looks beautiful and presents a fine base for the bird to stand out. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Bonsoir Mario,
Belle prise de vue de cette buse pattue, belle nettetée et couleurs, magnifique , supers beau ce cliché..bravo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-15 7:21]

Hello Mario,
Wonderful presentation of this in-flight Buzzard. Great light and beautiful clear colours. Good details and BG.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-15 14:22]

Hello Mario,
Superb inflight capture, his eyes are sure trained on something. Focus and exposure are excellent resulting in this great image, thanks Mario.

Hello Mario,
Great capture of this wonderful bird of prey!
Excellent contrast and framing.
Very good sharpness and POV.
Very well done!
José Roberto


Très belle photo de cette buse. La composition est excellente. Jolie lumière et très bonne netteté.

Bonjour Mario,

Cette Buse pattue est impressionnante en vol, la prise de vue permet de voir les détails de son plumage et des couleurs. Le photographe a bien saisie cette partie du vol de l'oiseau. Merci du partage.


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