More Fun and Games... Falcons! at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > DV Info Net Community Contests > The UWOL Challenge

The UWOL Challenge
An organized competition for Under Water, Over Land videographers!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 21st, 2011, 10:23 PM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Posts: 1,178
More Fun and Games... Falcons!

Hey all of you raptor experts:

I told you a few months ago that this has been the most amazing year for raptors right here in my backyard. Remember the immature female Goshawk you guys helped me identify?

Well, try your hand at this! Prairie Falcon? Immature? Looking at our bird book it doesn't look quite like a Peregrine but I'm not sure. Female? I know you all can tell me.

Once again, video taken right in my front yard so like the Goshawk, I was not camping out in sub-zero weather looking for it, but am immensely blessed by it all the same.

Why are these guys so (relatively) tame? I shot this footage maybe 25 feet away! I'm stunned but thrilled.

Thanks for sharing the joy with me!

Cat
Attached Thumbnails
More Fun and Games... Falcons!-pf1sm.jpg   More Fun and Games... Falcons!-pf2sm.jpg  

More Fun and Games... Falcons!-pf3sm.jpg  
Catherine Russell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 22nd, 2011, 07:25 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 880
Falco mexicanus- Prairie Falcon. Note the light patch between the moustachial and dark ear coverts. This would be missing in peregrines and would be streaked in gyrfalcon and richardsonii merlins. The dark axillaries are diagnostic and their breadth leads me to conclude this is a female. Breast feathers show spots with no residual juvenile streaks so she is at least in her second winter. My opinion- lets hear others.

What field guide are you using? Im sure Dale, Steve and I can all recommend our favorites.

Raptors are often easier to approach in winter. The posture in the first two shots shows that you are close to her flight distance. She is torn between staying and fleeing. Very likely, she is staked out on a prey and is waiting you out to leave.

Nice shots, Im sure wed all love to see the video.
Mike Sims is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 22nd, 2011, 08:52 AM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Posts: 1,178
Hi Mike:

Thanks for the insights. I knew I could count on you. At the time, I grabbed: A Guide to Field Identification Birds of North America, but we have four or so different books. Which are your favorites?

I hope the still frames don't imply she was stressed. The first two stills were during her launch off the pole. She seemed to be sitting there comfortably and then simply took off at will in a matter of seconds.

It's been an unusual year for raptors. We've had a male-female Northern Harrier pair practically set up by our home for the season, eagles and other types of hawks and Buteos. It's been amazing to be a bystander of it all.

Thanks for the wisdom Mike, and I'm thrilled you have entered the ring this round for uwol 19.

Cat
Catherine Russell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 27th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 811
My word, Cat. That's one hell of a yard you have there. Please send some of your raptors down here. I have a lot of Eurasian Collared Doves with little "Lunch" tattoos on them. So far, Cooper's Hawks are the only diners.
Steve Siegel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 28th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Posts: 1,178
Hey Steve:

No way, friend. It's about time you visited my neck of the woods. Offer is always out there.... beers on our side deck as we watch it all unfold. Bring the whole family (you don't mind 20 degrees with snow do you?). I also still have some nagging moon questions for ya ;-)

So Steve, stopping off in the neighborhood and not signing up? What's up with that? Holding out until the last minute to keep us all in suspense?

Hope to see your name on the list in the end!

Cat

P.S. "Lunch tattoo's"? Bummer, that's like having a birthmark in the shape of a bull's eye!
Catherine Russell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 6th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 3,004
Cat,

The guys are correct it is definitely a beautiful prairie falcon.

The falcon is in fact a female prairie falcon, and it also an immature bird having hatched last spring.

It is a praticularly beautiful prairie falcon ans is really contrasty in color, many are not quite so white on the front.

The adults have tiny tear drops in the upper crop and the lower body has dots. where the immatures have vertical streaks going down the breast, and most often the feet on an immature are usually greyish (but the odd ones that feed primarily on passaine birds will have slightoy yellower feet but never a bright yellow as an adult prairie.

Females always have a fuller rounder head and a stockier body, where the males are finer looking and have a blockier type of head and a more refined beak.

Just a few pointers you may already know.


Dale
__________________
DATS ALL FOLKS
Dale W. Guthormsen
Dale Guthormsen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 7th, 2011, 10:57 AM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Posts: 1,178
Hi Dale!

I was hoping you would get to this in time! As a matter of fact, I don't know these details and I knew I could count on raptor experts like you, Mike and Steve to fill me in. I so appreciate the info, and all of your knowledge.

I still am amazed these beautiful birds are stopping by. We've had a Harrier pair all winter, but they are always in motion and I'm not successful getting them on film.

As far as this Prairie Falcon female, I agree with you, she is a particularly beautiful girl :)

Cat
Catherine Russell is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > DV Info Net Community Contests > The UWOL Challenge

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:49 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network