The Rough-legged Hawk is named after the rough appearance of its feathers that cover its legs. They are known to provide extra warmth for the bird in cold winter weather. There are only two other North American raptors that share this adaptation – the Ferruginous Hawk and the Golden Eagle.
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Rough-legged Hawk ( Buteo lagopus)- Edison, Washington
Copyright © 2010 Jay Taylor Photography Image taken using the Canon 1D MkIII set on manual mode (M) with EF-S 500/4L IS USM, Handheld. The exposure was taken at 500mm, f/5 for 1/5000th of a second at ISO 500 using Center-weighted averaging metering. Post processing done in Lightroom 2.5 and Photoshop CS3.