That’s some pretty good extension, eh? 😉
I happened across this gorgeous ferruginous this past weekend. It did not want to pose for pictures but in its departure, it gave me a great shot at liftoff. You get a nice look at that beautiful plumage and its big 4.5 foot wingspan (the largest of any hawk in North America).
You will also notice those feathers going all the way down its legs. The ferruginous hawk is one of only three raptors in North America that have feathers that go to their feet, the other two being the rough-legged hawk and the golden eagle.