Pictures of the Day - "More On The Friendly Rough-legged Hawk" - Dec 8, 2017
Here are some more photos of the friendly Rough-legged Hawk that is around the Tantramar Marsh area. He doesn't seem to mind anyone and will ignore us and go about his normal routine.
We saw him flying around and looking for his meal at different spots, and one time landing on a pole about 20 feet from us. He stayed on the pole even after a couple of rousing of feathers, and was looking around, only glancing at us once in awhile, but not concerned. After a little bit, he jumped sideways off the pole and hovered for a moment, looking down into the ditch at something he spotted (we think a vole), and then dove down to catch his prey. We couldn't see him for a few seconds, and then he flew off again. We don't think he caught what he was after. Lucky for the vole....lol.
These are some of the photos we took as he was on the pole and then hovering over the ditch. It all happened so quickly, it was hard to focus, but got these. These photos are uncropped. I also turned on the feature in the Sony called the "Clear Image Zoom" (which I just discovered). More on this unique feature in a later post :) I added a comment on the photos where I used this feature below.
Taken with Sony a6500 & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.