Rough-legged Hawk
Buteo lagopus

f8 @ 1/1600s, ISO:640, Nikon D300S w 500mm and 1.4X tele-extender

"Rough-legged Buzzard," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), called the Rough-legged Hawk in North America, is a medium-large bird of prey. It is found in Arctic and Subarctic regions of North America and Eurasia during the breeding season and migrates south for the winter. The tail is white with a dark terminal band. The feet are feathered.Nests are typically located on cliffs, bluffs or in trees. Clutch sizes are variable with food availability but 35 eggs are usually laid.These hawks hunt over open land, feeding primarily on small mammals.Along with the kestrels, kites and Osprey, this is one of the few birds of prey to hover regularly.
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada