Recently, I went looking for Aplomado Falcons in their usual haunts but ended up seeing a few other choice birds instead. The fact that I missed the falcons shows how rare this species really is. However, whenever you go looking for falcons or other wildlife in South Texas, you always end up seeing something good. One of the raptors I saw was a Harris Hawk.
This beautiful hawk hunts for small mammals, birds, and reptiles in open habitats of southern Texas. It also occurs in southern Arizona. Although I didn’t see the Harris Hawk catch anything, I did get fantastic looks at a White-tailed Hawk that caught a snake.
This is a common raptor of the coastal prairies in southeastern Texas but I don’t often see them with a snake in their talons.
Meanwhile, over at a pond in Laguna Vista, I got the chance to watch a beautiful male Hooded Merganser as it caught and ate a small fish.
I also had a female Vermilion Flycatcher at that pond. Maybe I will post an image of it in my next post.