I've tried to get pictures of rough-legged hawks before, but none of them came out particularly well. I was in this specific location to look for them but didn't expect to see one close up. I spotted this one driving up the road, turned around and pulled up across the street from it, opened my window and just took as many pictures as I could before it flew off. The conditions were poor (dull, grey day) but I'm happy with what I got here.
Birders do a really nice job of taking care of one another-- I never would have known to look here except for other birders reporting rough-leggeds in the area. As usual, clicking on the picture will give you a larger version with more info.