Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
My husband and I had heard there were Rough-legged Hawks in the area but we hadn't seen any...until we headed home from a photo shoot a little north of where we live. Truth be told, I passed this hawk and then turned around! From a distance I thought it was a red-tailed hawk. But as I passed it I knew I had been WRONG.
Head turned 180°
He/she let me take a few photos and them flew off to a tree where it's mate was sitting. So there were actually TWO of them, but they were way too far off to take another photo. They are visiting from The Arctic.
Can you believe this bird can turn it's head around 180°?
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE