Labrador Guardian
ORIGINAL OIL by Linda Besse -18" X 36"

A large buteo, the rough-legged hawk is the diurnal avian master of the arctic. It nests mostly from the edge of the tree line and north. Feeding almost exclusively on rodents, it hunts by gracefully hovering over fields, marshes, and tundra. On my WREAF trip in October 2008, I saw two light morph rough-legged hawks. One was in flight, the other on prey. I used my close-up reference shots of the latter one and moved him to a select spot of tundra which I saw on one of my hikes. Some of the tundra color had faded with the lateness of the season on that particular hike, so, I just made it earlier.