Fly-by: Sunrise on the Gulf of Georgia (Rough-legged Hawk)
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Not a great day for birding, overcast grey skies, snow on ground but managed a few raptor shots at ISO 800 (too much noise) but more importantly added to my LIFE list with some shots of Rough-legged Hawks. :-) This one is my favourite!
Rough-legged hawks have long, broad wings, a chunky body, and typically soar with their long tails fanned. They have small feet and a small beak-adaptations to arctic life. Legs are feathered to toes. These hawks exhibit a high degree of plumage variation, from extremely dark to more patterned birds often termed "light" morphs. In addition, the male, female, and juvenile birds have slightly different plumage patterns.
The foregoing is from www.birdsofprey.blm.gov/nat-res/roughleg.htm