I’m adding this set of photos a few months after I made them in California because I just wasn’t positively sure what exactly species I was looking at until a very experienced birder friend of mine on Facebook pointed out all the reasons that this is a prairie falcon. I hadn’t even heard of this species until that point. I kept thinking peregrine falcon with a pale head. That said, here are the photos finally….

~ click on any image to enlarge ~

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

A prairie falcon streaks past, pivots and dives while hunting along a large cliff in Northeastern Califonia in rural Modoc County. Very similar yet only slightly diminished in size and speed as its distant cousin, the peregrine falcon, the prairie falcon makes its home in the wide, open prairies and arid deserts of the American West interior.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

~ see more images like this ~

BIRDS OF PREY GALLERIES

                                                                                          

Join our Monthly Spam-free Newsletter

Sharing and commenting via the social media links below will help me greatly, and is much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Rich Leighton
May 31, 2017

ALL IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR PRINT OR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!
©2017 Leighton Photography & Imaging