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Prairie Falcon enjoys Meadowlark for breakfast

I thought my photo day was done and had pointed my truck for home. About halfway there, I see a flurry of activity on a utility pole ahead and slow to take a closer look. Much to my delight I find a Prairie Falcon that had just snagged a Western Meadowlark and was preparing to dine on it.

The falcon wasn’t particularly comfortable with me being there but was hungry enough to tolerate my presence. Prairie Falcons are not very big but just as ferocious as any raptor, preferring to dine on smaller birds, oftentimes diving right into flocks and snatching their prey.

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A Prairie Falcon prepares to devour a Western Meadowlark. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Prairie Falcon prepares to devour a Western Meadowlark. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red-Tailed Hawk dines on Meadowlark

I don’t normally pay much attention to these raptors because they are quite common and generally I don’t find them particularly photogenic. However, because they are common, sometimes you can get them doing some pretty cool things.

Such was the case when I came across this one a couple of days ago. It was perched on a pole dining on what appeared to be a Western Meadowlark that it had caught.

I’ve seen Red-tails eat more terrestrial fare like prairie dogs, rabbits and snakes but this is the first time I have seen one eat another bird. After eating a bit and giving me a nasty stare, it decided it preferred someplace with more private dining accommodations and flew off.

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dines on a Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk takes flight with its meal of Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk takes flight with its meal of Western Meadowlark on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)