Sometimes getting pictures is a good measure of luck. This past Saturday my son and I would out looking for photo subjects when out of nowhere this falcon came flying straight at my truck. I slammed on the brakes (safely – it was a rural dirt road), threw open my truck door and started snapping away. Managed a nice series of images of it, these are some of the best.
This was my first day out shooting with my new Canon 7D Mark II and thus far have been quite impressed with it. It shoots at 10 frames per second which is just insane and perfect for birds in flight. Of course if you aren’t focused or have your exposure sent wrong, you do just get 10 frames per second of junk. 😉 I’m really looking forward to playing with the camera some more. Not so much looking forward to the 548 page manual though.
Taken in Adams County, Colorado.
This young falcon has become a bit of a fixture this winter in an area I frequently visit looking for raptors.
Unlike most Prairie Falcons, he / she is usually willing to sit and pose for at least a few pictures before invariably heading off to a more private location. Yesterday such was the case and as it launched into the air, it look flight allowing me to capture this image of it nearly directly overhead.
These birds are found across much of the western United States and Mexico. They prefer to dine on smaller birds, oftentimes diving right into flocks and snatching their prey. Someday I hope to capture that bit of action.
A fun little sequence from New Year’s Day taken northeast of Denver, Colorado. This eagle was hanging out keeping watch on a field and I was in turn watching it, hoping it would move closer as it was on private property.
Apparently a brave little Prairie Falcon felt the bigger raptor was intruding on its territory and made a few passes in an attempt to get the eagle to give ground. It did work and the eagle moved on with the falcon in hot pursuit – unfortunately in the wrong direction for pics though.
Not great quality images due to the distance and the fact I was shooting into the sun but still neat.
I was taking pictures of this gorgeous raptor last week while it sat perched on a utility pole. Normally birds will avoid launching toward you, instead choosing to take a safer route away from the human interloper. This falcon though decided to launch almost directly at me, allowing me to capture this cool sequence of images.
It was in fact watching a small flock of blackbirds behind me and decided to try to snag one for a meal. It wasn’t successful and I missed capturing images of it diving directly though the flock but I was very happy with the launch sequence I was able to get.
These raptors are not particular about their diet and will feed on smaller birds including larks, swallows and doves but will also feed on rodents including squirrels.
Taken in Adams County, Colorado.
In years past I have not had much luck getting pictures of Prairie Falcons. They rarely let you get close and are extremely fast fliers.
This year though, I have found a couple spots where a few have been frequenting and they generally are allowing me the opportunity to grab a few images before they head off.
This image was taken yesterday in Adams County, Colorado. Heavy cloud cover made for dim lighting and a bit of a grainy pic but I loved the look on the raptor’s face.
These birds are found across much of the western United States and Mexico. They prefer to dine on smaller birds, oftentimes diving right into flocks and snatching their prey. I’ve seen the behavior before and it is impressive but have yet to get an image of it. Someday maybe. 😉
Prairie Falcons are very cool raptors but they can also be quite elusive. They are not normally ones to sit and pose for pictures and are quick to run away when approached.
Today I found one that was at least a little bit more tolerant than most and it gave me some nice images including this sequence of images as it launched from a pole.
These raptors are not particular about their diet and will feed on smaller birds including larks, swallows and doves and will also feed on rodents including squirrels.
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Prairie Falcons are some pretty darned cool birds to watch although they can be hard to find as they aren’t all that common. Getting pictures of them is even better but they can be skittish and fly very fast and low to the ground all while showcasing their extraordinarily high maneuverability.
This past Sunday I happened across one sitting out in a field a good ways off. I hopped out of my truck to snap a few pictures and much to my pleasure, when it took to the air it flew closer to me and gave me a nice little flyby. These are some of the best flight pictures of these fast moving #raptors I have ever gotten.
Taken in rural Adams County, Colorado, USA.
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These cool raptors can be found flying low to the ground searching for prey. They are extraordinarily maneuverable and very difficult to catch pics of in flight. Thankfully this one sat still long enough for me to snap a few images. Prairie Falcons are not particular about their diet and will feed on smaller birds including larks, swallows and doves and will also feed on rodents including squirrels.
Falcon Friday! Or, if you prefer, Falcon Flight. Prairie Falcons are some pretty darned cool raptors but they can be a bit difficult to get pics of. My experience is that they tend to steer clear of perching where people are and when they do, they are quick to take off if approached.
Yesterday afternoon I was lucky enough to find two that were willing to sit still long enough for me to get some pictures. This was the last image in the series that I took of this one, taken just as it launched into the air and headed out over the horizon. Note the significant amount of blood on its talons, legs and chest – clearly it had recently eaten.
I came across a pair of these this morning having a bit of an aerial duel. While my action shots didn’t turn out too great, when they took a break one did pose for me for a while. These are very cool raptors that fly extraordinarily fast and are very maneuverable.