Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 02/02/2016

Photo taken on February  1, 2016

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1 February 2016

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Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk
It's 10:30 am on 2 February 2016, and there are only two new photos from contacts showing on my Contacts' page. That seems very strange.

All three photos posted this morning were taken yesterday, 1 February 2016, when I spent the day east of the city with friends Sandy and Debbie. We were hoping to see a few owls and ended up seeing three species, which was quite a treat – a distant Snowy Owl that was perched on a round, white tank of some sort on the ground, an extremely well-hidden Short-eared Owl and an equally well-hidden Great Horned Owl. Pretty useless for photos, but lovely to see. We were also treated to this beautiful Rough-legged Hawk that was perched on a power pole along one of the backroads.

"The Rough-legged Hawk spends the summer capturing lemmings on the arctic tundra, tending a cliffside nest under a sun that never sets. Winter is the time to see this large, open-country hawk in southern Canada and the U.S., where it may be perched on a pole or hovering over a marsh or pasture on the hunt for small rodents. Found globally across northern latitudes, this species occurs in both light and dark forms."

Not much in the way of other birds, other than endless Black-billed Magpies, a few Ravens and a large flock or two of dainty Common Redpolls. The latter are usually almost impossible to photograph, they are so fast and constantly on the move. The photo I've posted today is a messy shot but these little Redpolls, with the red spot on their forehead, do look rather cute hidden among a tangle of thin branches.

The day was a mix of sun and lots of cloud, but very pleasant. It was interesting to see how some areas had quite a lot of snow on the ground, but others had the golden stubble showing in fairly bare fields. The odd barn or two offered a few photo opportunities, too, of course.

Many thanks for driving us on this outing, Sandy! Thank goodness that you love driving and that you have a vehicle in much, much newer and better shape than mine or Debbie's : )

Fred Denis, Anne-Marie(Minus), Pam J have particularly liked this photo

Pam J
Pam J
That is a beautiful boy !!!

(Re photos showing... I see all my contacts pics. I know this has glitched for some before though. It has resolved itself for them though.)
2 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Pam J
Thanks, Pam! I guess I should have said that the problem with seeing Contacts' photos was on Flickr, ha. My photos and descriptons are automatically transferred to ipernity and I never think of changing things that should be changed or added.
2 years ago.
superbe image
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful bird picture.
Congrats on Explore.
2 years ago.