Prairie Falcon (deceased - likely road kill) (Falco mexicanus) County Road Z Kiowa County Colorado July 2016 Week #26 Jeff Skrentny IMG_2495
The kestrel was soaring in a valley just looking for prey - got a nice sequence of an unsuccessful dive - not great shots but you can see how they change there body to get extra speed up.
Uncertain if location is within Covington Park or Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
One of several mated pairs at the Morongo Preserve. Near the Upper Canyon Trail.
The order Falconiformes is a group of about 290 species of birds that contains the diurnal birds of prey. The Falconiformes have long been thought to represent a natural evolutionary grouping, but three recent studies of their DNA suggest that their similarities are convergent. In each study, falcons are related to songbirds and parrots, and the hawks, eagles, and vultures are closer to woodpeckers and kingfishers.