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The best animal photos of November

By: Catie Leary on Dec. 1, 2011, 7:55 a.m.
Falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Matthew Mitchell releases one of his Peregrine Falcons for exercise at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, New Mexico on Nov. 15.

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Peregrine falcon

Falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Matthew Mitchell releases one of his peregrine falcons for exercise on Nov. 15 at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, N.M.

The prime time for birdwatching in the wildlife refuge spans from November to February when tens of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and Ross's geese descend on the wetland.