Winter’s raptor

Prairie hunter - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The Rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) have arrived along the prairies with winter back.  Along with Snowy owls, they will dominate the skies until well into spring.

Launch - 2013 © Christopher Martin
I was excited to see Snowies a couple of times in the morning last weekend but they were less enthused to see me and flew away before I could stop.  This hawk was much more tolerant, I was able to photograph it for half an hour as it perched and flew along the fence line.

Rough command - 2013 © Christopher Martin

6 responses

  1. You have so many wonderful images. The birds are among my favorites. Enjoyed the visit.

    December 25, 2013 at 5:19 am

    • Thanks for stopping by Dave. And for your kind words. Merry Christmas!

      December 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

  2. Wonderful and the last one is beyond incredible!! I love your photos!

    December 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Great shots, but that last one is really superb.

    November 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  4. Sue

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, and great portraits of this beautiful bird.

    November 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  5. The last one is fantastic with that pose.

    November 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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