The other day, I took a break from taking pictures of migrants and snapped shots of one my favorite subjects, the Aplomado Falcon.
This beautiful falcon has been reintroduced to prairie and other open habitats of South Texas and is always a pleasure to see. The bird above had caught some small mammal and perched on a post to eat it.
Aplomados feed on a variety of birds and small mammals. Unlike most other falcons, they don’t catch prey in the air but swoop down onto small birds and mammals on the ground.
Other raptors also occur in the same habitats as the Aplomado Falcon. One of the other key raptor species of the Texas coastal prairie is the White-tailed Hawk. This large, long-winged hawk is mostly found in tropical grasslands in Mexico and South America but also occurs in southeastern Texas.
One of the other beautiful grassland species that can be seen in South Texas is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
This spectacular species is common throughout most of Texas. I should see some the next time I go birding along with a variety of birds that winter in South Texas.