Another American Kestrel and friends


Another smallish hawk that visits the San Angelo on occasion, is the Prairie Falcon.  It is larger than the American Kestrel that I featured yesterday.  I captured this photo a few years ago, when it made a couple of appearances atop a utility pole a few blocks from where I live.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

In this second photo, taken at a different time, you can see that he has caught a small rodent of some kind.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Another small hawk that is seen around here is the Merlin.  The image below was shot in the early morning as you can see by the side light.

Merlin

Merlin

Yesterday I had posted several of my images of the American Kestrel.  I had forgotten that some of you may not have seen this photo that I posted a year or so ago.  I had shot the photo while the bird was perched in a leaf-less shrub.  During post-processing, I done a little of this and a little of that, and ended up with this 3D illusion.  (this is not an HDR proccesed image).  Click to see the enlargement.  I hope you like it.

American Kestrel in 3D

American Kestrel in 3D

No Magic with this Merlin


With this little hawk, you get what you see.  The Merlin is a feisty, speedy little hawk that can catch birds and insects in midair, using level sprints or quick turns.  I photographed this one back in October, as he was hanging on in the wind to a small shrub.  At first I thought it may have been a Prairie Falcon, but the spacing of the banded tail and heavy streaking on the breast told me that it was most likely a Merlin.

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin

Click on any image to see an enlargement.

Finally an Anhinga


Well, finally, after several days of searching in all kinds of weather, we spotted an Anhinga.  It has been hanging around since the 24th of January, so I guess it has found a home here along the Concho River.  When we found it yesterday, it was across the river in a tree about 100 yards away.  It was late and the light was waning, but the Canon 7D with my 500mm lens performed as advertised.

I have two of the photos here, along with images of a Prairie Falcon, and a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron.  All photographs were taken yesterday.  The Prairie Falcon is uncommon for this area.  It and the Anhinga were both “lifers” for me.

Click on any photo to view an enlargement.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Black-crown Night Heron - juvenile