Friday Photos ~ Prairie Falcon

Many of my regular readers probably know that I have been having a great time the past month photographing Rough-legged Hawks and Prairie Falcons so I selected an image of a Prairie Falcon to post for my Friday Photos today.

 Prairie Falcon in early morning lightPrairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)  in early morning light – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I was thrilled to spot this young Prairie Falcon last week while it perched on this boulder in early morning light. There is something about that sweet, golden light that is very appealing to me when I am able to photograph bird’s in the rays of the rising sun.



  1. Julie Brown December 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    You already said it-Sweet Light! Very nice (as always) set of photos the last few days. I really like the feather detail in your images.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

      Thank you very much for your comment Julie!

  2. Ron Smith December 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Clear, crisp shot. One of my favorites, but unfortunately I’ve seen only a few. Merry Christmas, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Ron, I have been having a blast photographing Prairie Falcons lately.

      Miss ya, I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Jim Hackley December 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Very nice, that warm soft light really adds to the image, I also like the reverse head turn over the back look.

    • Mia McPherson December 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Jim, I like the over the shoulder look too!

  4. Dan Huber December 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

    so wonderful Mia, love it

    • Mia McPherson December 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you Dan, we have such beautiful subjects, don’t we?

  5. Prairie Birder December 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Very nice photo Mia, taking photos in the early morning light is always fun.

    • Mia McPherson December 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks Prairie Birder, the light was great fun and so was finding the falcon again!

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