These little hawks have become my latest mini-obsession. I have been seeing quite a few in my usual raptor hot spots but getting good pics of them has been a challenge. A few days ago I finally got some decent flight shots of two of them but am still trying to get a truly good capture of one sitting.
Rough Legged Hawks spend their summers in the Arctic where they mate and then spend winters in southern Canada and the lower 48. One of their most notable features is that their legs are feathered all the way down to the toes, one of only three American raptors like that. The other two being the Ferruginous Hawk and the Golden Eagle.