Prairie FalconKansas: Sedgwick County: Wichita: Sim Park Golf Course: 26 February, 2007

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PRAIRIE FALCON - Falco mexicanus

We have been seeing a small hawk on the golf course when we walked our dogs through much of the last several months.  At first we never got a good enough look to know what it was for sure, but it was falcon-like in wing shape and behavior.  A month or so ago, I finally got a look with binoculars and decided it was a Prairie Falcon.  Thought at the time that it might be an immature bird, but it is apparently an adult.  Last night, after a couple of weeks away from the golf course, we saw it again.  So tonight I took my 500 mm lens and flash with Fresnel lens extender on a tripod.  My wife, Pat, took our dog on around the golf course and I walked over to the tree the bird was perched in.  A nice sunny day, 5:30 to 6:00 pm, with the sun low and brilliantly illuminating the bird in a nice warm glow made it a good opportunity for pictures.  Here are some photos of this great and cooperative little falcon.  It apparently has become accustomed to the golfers and didn't mind me or the flash until I tried getting too close and it flew off.

 

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Photographs 2007 by Roy J. Beckemeyer.  Photographs taken with Nikon D-100 digital SLR, with 500 mm manual focus f4 lens, and SB-800 flash with a Fresnel lens flash extender.  Camera set at ISO 400 and 1/160 second, manual mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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