August 14th, 2015 – Avian Friday: Rough’n It

Some of the best birding opportunities around the Pacific Northwest occurs in the dead of winter. Especially around the Skagit Valley which also has some pretty nice scenery as well. In addition to the Bald Eagles that congregate along the Skagit River, there are several different species of Hawks. One not as common is the Rough-Legged Hawk, who’s name stems from it having feathers that extend all down its legs to its toes. This one had just lifted off from a utility pole along the highway when I captured a few frames after he got wind of the paparazzi. 😊

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus )

/Edison, Washington
500mm | 1/5000th Sec. @f/5| ISO 400

Canon 1D Mark III+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM 

Processed with Lightroom CC,  Photoshop CS6

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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