Hitting the ground running

We’ve made it to Colorado a day in advance of the ABA Young Birder camp, determined to try and find the majestic Prairie Falcon for both our new Product Specialist David La Puma and (possibly more importantly) Travis the Traveling Trinovid binocular. After a rendezvous at the Denver airport, Leica’s Jeff Bouton and David La Puma, and ABA’s Bill Stewart headed up to Red Rocks to see whether they could score.

Jeff Bouton sizing up the Prairie Falcon habitat at Red Rocks (Colorado)

Jeff Bouton sizing up the Prairie Falcon habitat at Red Rocks (Colorado)

To be fair, Jeff had been here a month ago during a Leica staff meeting, and had good luck finding a bird perched above a nest site. Like any good bird guide, he took the crew straight to the spot and in short order picked a perched bird at the top of the majestic rock formation. Can you see it in the photo below?

Prairie Falcons live here (and get to hear great music all summer long!)

Prairie Falcons live here (and who wouldn’t want to – given the great summer concert lineup!)

We quickly whipped out the spotting scopes and did some digisoping of the birds on the cliff.

Prairie Falcon by David La Puma (Taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 + D-Lux 5 adapter + Televid APO 65)

Prairie Falcon by David La Puma (Taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 + D-Lux 5 adapter + Televid APO 65)

Two of the birds we saw were hatch-year, told easily by the fresh edging and even-age of of the feathers (and the fact that they were begging for food from the adult male, but you don’t necessarily get that from these still shots!)

Prairie Falcon by David La Puma (Taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 + D-Lux 5 adapter + Televid APO 65)

Prairie Falcon (DLP – digiscoped with a Leica D-Lux 5 + D-Lux 5 adapter + Televid APO 65)

The fun continued with several flyover views captured with the DLSR-replacement Leica V-Lux 4…

Prairie Falcon Underbelly (taken with the Leica V-Lux 4)

Prairie Falcon underbelly (DLP – taken with the Leica V-Lux 4)

…and one last silhouette shot as a bird streaked in front of the sun…

Prairie Falcon by David La Puma (Taken with a Leica V-Lux 4)

Prairie Falcon (DLP – taken with a Leica V-Lux 4)

 

Needless to say we were all quite stoked as we left Red Rocks back to Denver for the night… eagerly anticipating the next week of birding with the young birding group!

even tornado warnings have silver linings (Colorado)

Colorado Rainbow