The aplomado falcon is a falcon that is found in the open grasslands and savannahs of southern Mexico, Central and South America. At one time their range extended north through Mexico and into parts of the Southwestern United States. Unfortunately in the 1930's these birds all but disappeared from the northern portion of their range. In the United States they are listed as endangered and found naturally only in parts of south Texas. Reintroduction programs began in Texas as early as the late 1970s. Hundreds of captive breed falcons have been released in south Texas, however getting to see these falcons in the US is still a rare treat. We have been to south Texas three times now and we have only had an opportunity to see Aplomado falcons on our first trip, back in 2004. This picture is not very good. The sky was over cast and the pic was taken on film and then scanned but I am still happy that I have a reasonable photo of this pair of rare endangered raptors.
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