Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge - TX
Scientists for The Peregrine Fund have located a natural nest in use by a pair of Aplomado Falcons (Falco femoralis) at the refuge, in a yucca. These birds have primarily been using the artificial nest boxes provided for them which have a cover to prevent predation by great horned owls. So far all looks good with these nestlings. This species was once extirpated from much of their range in the SW United States, but is once again doing well because of conservation efforts.
photo credit: Larry Ditto (x)