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

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