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This bird is widely accepted as a wild vagrant from the recently-discovered population in neighboring northern Mexico. There have been no releases in west Texas for many years - nearly all of the previous releases were quickly killed by Great-horned Owls picking them off of telegraph poles at night - the captive-raised birds had not learned to perch lower and avoid night predators. This bird was always found roosting below the high-point of its chosen site - just like all the other wild falcons in the area.

 

Aplomado Falcon
Photos by: Greg Lasley
January 29, 1992
26 miles west of Marfa
Presidio County, Texas




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