"My sights or on!" by Sherry Pundt

I captured this Prairie Falcon while at a Raptor free flight at the Arizona Desert Museum.

Taken with my Canon EOS Rebel XS D1000

Featured on 1/30/11

Prairie Falcon:
MEASUREMENTS: The Prairie Falcon has a body length of 15 – 20 inches, a 3 1/2 foot wingspan, and weighs 1 – 2 pounds.

HABITAT: Prairie Falcons inhabit hills, canyons, and mountains of arid grasslands and shrub-steppes of southwestern Canada, western United States, Baja California, and northern Mexico.

DIET: The primary food of Prairie Falcons is small mammals, especially ground squirrels, but they will also hunt birds, reptiles, and insects. This falcon actively searches for prey during flight. Prairie Falcons catch prey on or close to the ground after a low angled swoop from above.
REPRODUCTION: Typically, Prairie Falcons nest on a cliff face using a ledge, cavity, crevice, or an abandoned nest of eagles, hawks, or ravens. Prairie Falcons lay 3 – 6 eggs with an incubation time of about 34 days. Young falcons leave the nest 5 – 6 weeks after hatching.
NAME DERIVATION: The scientific name comes from the Latin word falco, meaning hook-shaped (falcate) and may refer to the beak and claws, and the Latinized name for Mexico, where the bird was first collected for scientific study. The common name mistakenly refers to the habitat in which this bird may be found. True prairies are mostly outside this bird’s range.

Prairie Falcons are probably just as fast as Peregrine Falcons, but do not typically use the same hunting strategy.

Prairie and Peregrine Falcons are similar in size and can be distinguished from each other by color. The Prairie Falcon is brown and has dark “armpits” or dark patches under the wings, while the Peregrine is blue-gray and has a uniform underwing color pattern.

Source: http://www.peregrinefund.org


  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    Nice one Sherry!

  • Thank you so very much Kimberly!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • Navigator
    Navigatorabout 4 years ago

    Wow, Sherry! These photos are so wonderful! These birds are breathtaking. How rich is life on earth! I constantly marvel at it. Great photo!

  • Thank you bunches Ma’am! I really enjoyed this photo myself.

    – Sherry Pundt

  • Emily Bagley
    Emily Bagleyabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you bunches! I am very thrilled!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Sherry!

  • Thank you very much Istvan! I really love this guy.

    – Sherry Pundt

  • floridaartist66
    floridaartist66about 4 years ago
    Birds are beautiful aren’t they?,fantastic pics!
  • Yes they are. Thank you very much Daniel!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 3 years ago

    Great shot of this fast little dude !! I still want to capture him when they throw the treat in the air :) We will have to work at it this winter !! I hope to be there late Oct. if all goes well with my husband’s Dr check up in Sept . ! xo Take care xo

  • Thank you Judy! I’m right there with you I still have yet to capture him in the air yet myself. There is a new goal for us.

    – Sherry Pundt

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