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Rough-legged Hawk | by annkelliott
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Rough-legged Hawk

Another shot of one of the Rough-legged Hawks that I was fortunate enough to see on 20 November 2011, when friends, Ron and Trish, took me with them east and south of Calgary to look for Snowy Owls (none) and Hawks (35+). These Rough-legged Hawks were so skittish and almost always flew off as the car slowly approached. A few times, one would stay a second or two on its perch, barely long enough to focus my camera when we had pulled to a stop. Took many blurry photos, lol, but am so thankful for the ones that did come out sharp enough. The Hawk in this image had just flown to this very distant hay bale in a field.

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Taken on November 20, 2011