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.