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Rough Legged Hawk

By GlenD
The rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus), also called the rough-legged hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey. It is found in Arctic and Subarctic regions of North America and Eurasia during the breeding season and migrates south for the winter. It was traditionally also known as the rough-legged falcon in such works as John James Audubon's The Birds of America.

Nests are typically located on cliffs, bluffs or in trees. Clutch sizes are variable with food availability but 35 eggs are usually laid. These hawks hunt over open land, feeding primarily on small mammals. Along with the kestrels, kites and osprey, this is one of the few birds of prey to hover regularly.

This fairly large raptorial species is 4660 cm (1824 in) with wingspan ranging from 120 to 153 cm (47 to 60 in). Individuals can weigh from 600 to 1,660 g (1.32 to 3.66 lb) with females typically being larger and heavier than males. Weights appear to increase from summer to winter in adults, going from an average of 822 to 1,027 g (1.812 to 2.264 lb) in males and from 1,080 to 1,278 g (2.381 to 2.818 lb) in females. Among the members of the Buteo genus, it is sixth heaviest, the fifth longest, and the fourth longest winged.[11] Among standard measurements in adults, the wing chord is 37.248.3 cm (14.619.0 in), the tail is 18.625.5 cm (7.310.0 in), culmen is 3.24.5 cm (1.31.8 in) and the tarsus is 5.87.8 cm (2.33.1 in).

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Voters: cats_123, barbarahirst, PranavMishra and 26 more

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barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2015 11:19AM
isn't he a beauty
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
2 Nov 2015 11:25AM
2 Nov 2015 12:22PM
Stunning, love the catch light in the eyes
2 Nov 2015 2:34PM
Stunning capture
2 Nov 2015 4:06PM
Superb portrait. Well captured.
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
2 Nov 2015 6:58PM
Excellent exposure, with dramatic effect.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
2 Nov 2015 8:00PM
An Excellent image of this fine bird!

As to the barkBacks----They turn up here and there--- I got a really nice on last winter--made a great bird perch!
Keep posting! here!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
3 Nov 2015 5:29AM
Amazing close up of this handsome bird.

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