Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk
The rough-legged hawk is a circumpolar species that is native to the Northern Hemisphere. They nest in the tundra and taiga regions of Alaska, Canada, Europe and Asia. During the winter they migrate south into central Asia, Europe and the United States. Even though they are the same species they are usually referred to as a rough-legged buzzard in Europe and Asia, as most buteos are called buzzards instead of hawks. Their common name is because they are one of only two species of North American hawks that have feathers that go all the way down to their feet, the other is the ferruginous hawk.


Arija said...

What a lovely, clear shot and good information you show us. Thanks.

LisaS said...

Great shot!

KaHolly said...

What a beauty!! Thanks for the tidbits of info! There's always something new to learn.

Anni said...

All I can say is ..... "Wow".

Stunning flight image. They're such a graceful bird of prey, how can anyone not like to see them in their natural state such as this you've shared.

Thanks for linking up this week at the Bird D'Pot, hope you'll join again next time.

Adam Jones said...

Really nice photo of the hawk. Great lighting.