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Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus

Rough-legged Hawks may only be around South Dakota for a few months during the winter, but I believe I have more photos of this species than any other raptor.  It's mostly a matter of the sheer numbers of birds that can be around the central part of the state in winter. It's not  unusual to see 50 or more Rough-legged Hawks on a day's driving in the area.  Here's a Rough-legged Hawk just as he's taking flight from a fence post, giving the photographer a bit of a stare as he takes off.

Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus

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