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Rough-legged Hawk


Posted by Paul Rossi on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:14 pm

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Taken in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula.  In November when it rains, and this species is migrating south, many Rough-legged Hawks can use the abundant chemical-free hay fields of the region to hunts for voles, and many can become unwary on the posts surrounding the fields.  The rain floods the vole tunnels in the fields and they are forced out in the open.

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by Ron Day on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:29 pm
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A great in-your-face view of the hawk, Paul. Nice showing of the legs and talons. Neat fact about the hunting of voles. How do you manage chemical-free hay fields in your area?
 

by Paul Rossi on Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:38 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
A great in-your-face view of the hawk, Paul. Nice showing of the legs and talons. Neat fact about the hunting of voles. How do you manage chemical-free hay fields in your area?


They burn the hay fields in the spring, and harvest them once or twice before it gets too wet in the fall. Nothing else.  Its highly valued hay, fed to race horses. The voles attract a good variety of raptors.
 

by Ron Day on Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:56 pm
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Paul Rossi wrote:
Ron Day wrote:
A great in-your-face view of the hawk, Paul. Nice showing of the legs and talons. Neat fact about the hunting of voles. How do you manage chemical-free hay fields in your area?


They burn the hay fields in the spring, and harvest them once or twice before it gets too wet in the fall. Nothing else.  Its highly valued hay, fed to race horses. The voles attract a good variety of raptors.

You are fortunate, Paul. Thanks for the information. Great image.
 

by jacques on Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:57 pm
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I never been able to get close to this specie, great catch Paul and nicely frame !
 

by Mako_Elite on Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:01 am
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I love these hawks. We get them here in the winter. Nice front view shot Paul!

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by Karl Egressy on Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:29 am
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Good story and excellent head on shot.
 

by Debapratim Saha on Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:47 am
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Beautiful face view here,like the stare,lovely image Paul.
 

by Gene Gwin on Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:34 am
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Paul, The size of their feet is impressive!
 

by david fletcher on Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:35 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
A great in-your-face view of the hawk, Paul. Nice showing of the legs and talons. Neat fact about the hunting of voles. How do you manage chemical-free hay fields in your area?


nice one Paul!
Make your life spectacular!
 

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