Connect With Me
Tony's Takes on Facebook Tony's Takes on Twitter Tony's Takes on Google+ Tony's Takes on Pinterest Tony's Takes RSS Feed
Photo Use Information
All photos © Tony’s Takes. Images are available for purchase as prints or as digital files for other uses. Please don’t steal; my prices aren’t expensive. For more information contact me here.
Archives

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon gets serious

I came across this handsome raptor a couple weeks ago in an area northeast of Denver . It was gracious enough to let me snap a bunch of pictures although unfortunately I have not seen it since.

Prairie Falcons are quite common in the western United States and are a very popular bird to be used in falconry .

You can view more pictures from my time photographing this bird here.

A Prairie Falcon keeps close watch.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Prairie Falcon keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Perched Prairie Falcon on the Plains

A late afternoon drive turned out to be well worth the time as I came across this magnificent raptor. This Prairie Falcon was initially watching over a busy road but then moved to a less hectic area and allowed me to get quite close.

Like many falcons, these raptors can be quite vicious and dine primarily on other birds including larks, doves and swallows. If you look closely, it would appear this one recently ate judging by the red on its beak.

View more images of the encounter with this falcon below.

A Prairie Falcon surveys an area on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Prairie Falcon surveys an area on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prairie Falcon performs high altitude dive

While at the top of Montgomery Pass (12,000 feet) in northern Colorado, this Prairie Falcon performed a dive down the mountainside. We were actually taking pictures of Pikas when this flash through the sky caught my eye. Only had time to snap a couple of quick pictures as the falcon dove at an extremely high rate of speed. I suspect he was hunting the same Pikas that we were taking pictures of. The Prairie Falcon doesn’t normally reside at such high altitudes so it was quite a surprise to see one up so high.

A Prairie Falcon performs a steep dive through the air. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Prairie Falcon performs a steep dive through the air. (© Tony’s Takes)