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Prairie Falcon Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite:  One of my favorite South Dakota species, but unfortunately they're not often found in the eastern part of the state. Given how often I go to the central part of the state in winter, I've had plenty of opportunities to see them, and I also have had some very cool encounters with nesting Prairie Falcons on the western edge of the state.

My favorite photo has to be the one below. I was birding the Fort Pierre National Grasslands in central South Dakota in January of 2019 when I saw a Prairie Falcon buzzing through a flock of Snow Buntings. As I got out of my car and started watching, the bunting flock swirled towards me, and the Prairie Falcon followed. The shot below captures the little nod he gave to me as he flew over, and then continued his pursuit of the Snow Buntings.

Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 1 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 2 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 3 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 4 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 1

February 16th, 2004

Near Kennebec, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 2

November 27th, 2011
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 3

November 27th, 2011
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 4

January 4th, 2008
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 5 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 6 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 7 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 8 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 5

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 6

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 7

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 8

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 9 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 10 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 11 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 12 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 9

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 10

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 11

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 12

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 13 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 14 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 15 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 16 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 13

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 14

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 15

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 16

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 17 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 18 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 19 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 20 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 17

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 18

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 19

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 20

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 21 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 22 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 23 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 24 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 21

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 22

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 23 (nest site)

July 23rd, 2011

North Cave Hills,  South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 24

November 27th, 2011
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 25 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 26 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 27 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 28 - Falco mexicanus 

Prairie Falcon 25

December 6th, 2014

Near Presho, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 26

January 18th, 2015

Jones County, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 27

January 18th, 2015

Jones County, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 28

January 9th, 2019
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 29 - Falco mexicanus

Prairie Falcon 30 - Falco mexicanus (nest site)

 

 

Prairie Falcon 29

January 9th, 2019
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Prairie Falcon 30 (Nest site)

July 12th, 2019

Roby Canyon, Black Hills, South Dakota

   

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