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Friday, February 27, 2009

Aplomado Falcon chase in New Mexico

Saw this beauty today in Hermanas, New Mexico twenty miles west of Columbus on the New Mexico/Mexico border. This unbanded Aplomado Falcon has been seen off and on for about a month, so when I landed in El Paso this afternoon I drove 70 miles along the border over some gorgeous grasslands. Thanks to Dylan Radin and Scott Schuette from Tucson for spotting the falcon on a corral. At one point we had the falcon and five pronghorn in the scope at the same time. I was able to digiscope this so-so shot through my scope.

Saw some other great birds today--Baird's Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Lark Bunting. Gotta love New Mexico birding!


Luminata said...

I love the photos man! :)

Patrick B. said...

It is an awesome state to bird in. Good food too!

Love that falcon. Look out for Sungrebes. :)

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