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The Roughies are Here

posted by Tim Avery at
on Sunday, December 4, 2011 

Rough-legged Hawk on the Antelope Island Causeway

One of my favorite winter arrivals in northern Utah are the Rough-legged Hawks.  They are a sure sign that winter is here, and it's going to be cold for a while.  Most years they being arriving around the end of October or early November.  This year they were a little behind schedule but are now here in pretty good numbers.  Yesterday I think I saw about 15 or 16 in all at a number of places around northern Utah.  Near the end of the day I found one that was cruising along the Antelope Island Causeway in heavy winds.  It made for great photography that I took full advantage of...

 Same hawk as above in other poses (click to view larger)

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Anonymous John said...

Wow!!! Great shots! Thanks for sharing!

December 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

These pics are sweet dude.

December 4, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

Gotta love Rough-leggeds!

Great pics Tim.

December 4, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

Thanks guys! It's been a good month photographing raptors for me. Plus I know Jerry loves it so it's worth posting.

December 5, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great images Tim!!

The dorsal shots are awesome.

Hoping to find some of these in Indiana next month - Vic had provided me with some "hotspots" last year and has recently sent over some additional areas for me to consider. If this year is anything like last year I'll be quite content. Going to try to go a little bit further south too and see what shows up down there. Hopefully all of the research on the internet will pay off.

Robert Visconti - Lindenhurst, IL

December 5, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

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