Perched to Flight

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Clifford Dupuis

You nailed this Debra, the timing of the action was spot on

Debra Plett

Thx very much Clifford, much appreciated.

Heather Mellon

Perfect timing on this beautiful takeoff shot Debra. They're great birds to photograph and you captured this one in very nice detail and focus.

Debra Plett

Thank you Heather, I find hawks to be pretty tough to photograph. They tend to take off at the sign of a human even from a distance.

Yves Langlois

Super action shot Debra. Exceptional pose of the bird and the lighting from the top gives a pretty nice transparency to the tail feathers. The 50/50 compo with the blue sky and the subject make it for a very appealing shot. Well done.

Debra Plett

Thanks Yves, comments always appreciated. The light was quite harsh. I played with the highlights and shadows a bit but the body of the hawk could have been better.

Scott Reeve

Nice action capture Debra! Can they also fly backward? I have yet to photograph one!

Debra Plett

Thanks Scott, I shouldn’t have uploaded the imaages at the same time. They rotate positions when viewed.

Jane LeBlanc

Great action shot, Debra. We have many Roughies around here (Maritimes) but it's still nice to see them.

Debra Plett

Thanks for the comments Jane. I am really hoping to have another encounter with a this hawk.

Rough-legged hawks are also known as Roughies. These hawks breed and spend their spring and summer in the Artic regions of North America and Eurasia. During migration Roughies can be seen in the fall and winter months in southern Canada and through much of the US. I spotted this Roughie perched high in a tree scouting the open field beside him. He sat for a few minutes and then took to the sky. This is my first encounter with a Roughie, I am hoping he decides to winter in this area. It would be nice to get some winter shots of this great looking hawk.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
October 20, 2023
rough legged hawk bird of prey springfield manitoba animal buzzard vulture accipiter sky accipitridae beak twig falcon
  • Focal: 600
  • Lens Model: Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • Shutter speed: 0.000625 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 8

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