Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

ML140711731



eBird Checklist S52703948
3177 Old Highway 10, Forsyth, Montana, US (46.267, -106.579)
Rosebud, Montana, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.2666, -106.5791 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Comments

I did not stay long enough to see the falcon start to feed. Here it was still finishing (or had just finished, based on the motionless goose) the kill.

Observation details

Repeatedly dove at, struck and killed a goose. Based on the size, the prey item was either a Lesser Canada or Cackling Goose. I watched the falcon take at least 8 or 9 passes low over the flock (which did not flush) before it finally struck and mortally wounded one. Even after it had done so, it hit another (which I believe survived). I left before the kill was finalized...as the falcon seemed aware of my presence.

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P600
f-stop
f/6.5
Focal length
258 mm
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
ISO
360
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
3,076KB
Dimensions
4608 x 3456

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