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Photos of Prairie Falcon

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Prairie Falcons are such interesting birds, seemingly with split personalities at times.  They can be incredibly skittish and difficult to approach, but at the same time, they often exhibit curiosity towards people in their environment. On this day in December 2014 near the town of Presho in central South Dakota, this Prairie Falcon flushed from it's perch. Typical, but after flying off a bit, it banked, and started circling me. It's not the first time I've had a Prairie Falcon do this, but it was nice this time to capture the behavior in some wonderful warm morning light. 

Photo of Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus

Other Photos: Click on the image chips or photo ID name below to view the photograph

Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #1 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #2
Location: Near Kennebec, S. Dakota Location: Fort Pierre Nat'l Grasslands, S.Dakota
Date: February 16th, 2004 Date: November 27th, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #3 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #4
Location: Fort Pierre Nat'l Grasslands, S.Dakota Location: Fort Pierre Nat'l Grasslands, S.Dakota
Date: November 27th, 2011 Date: January 4th, 2008
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #5 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #6
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #7 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #8
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #9 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #10
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #11 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #12
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #13 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #14
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #15 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #16
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #17 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #18
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #19 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #20
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #21 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #22
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: July 23rd, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #23 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #24
Location: North Cave Hills, Harding County, SD Location: Fort Pierre Nat'l Grasslands, S.Dakota
Date: July 23rd, 2011 Date: November 27th, 2011
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #25 Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #26
Location: Near Presho, South Dakota Location: Jones County, South Dakota
Date: December 6th, 2014 Date: January 18th, 2015
   
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Photo ID: Prairie Falcon #27    
Location: Jones County, South Dakota  
Date: January 18th, 2015  
   

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