Rough-legged Beauty

~Rough-legged Hawk in flight, Black Dirt Region 01/27/19. One of my goals for 2019 is to look more closely at birds’ plumages. This bird looks to me like it might be an adult female, based on the dark trailing edge on the wings (adult), and the buffy underwing coverts with brown mottling (female).~

You know how certain birds just do it for you? That’s how it was today with this Rough-legged Hawk; it is the best looking bird I’ve seen in a long while. What I wouldn’t have done for a decent photograph of this bird. I had several fantastic scope views of this bird perched, and it just blew me a way; there’s just something about the bird’s pale, vanilla colored head that is just gorgeous to me. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross again and things will work out differently…

6 thoughts on “Rough-legged Beauty”

    1. Thanks so much Dave. I’ll agree with the beautiful bird part… I’m hoping for another chance with this bird, and what a bird! Matt

  1. GREAT SHOT. DIPPED OUT ON A DARK PHASE BIRD AND GLAUCOUS GULL YESTERDAY AFTERNNON. DID GET A MONK PARAKEET IN THE NEXT TOWN OVER FROM US AND MY YEARLY RED HEADED W.P. THIS AFTERNOON AT TROY MEADOWS

    1. You know I’ve never seen a Monk Parakeet? I thought I did one time in the city, but it was such a quick flyby I couldn’t confirm. Red-headed Woodpecker is always a nice bird to get. Matt

  2. Hi Matt, enjoying your great photos as always.
    The closest reliable place I have seen Monk Parakeets is Stratford CT area, if you’re ever over that way have a look for them! Best -Gilbert

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