Saturday, March 5, 2011

A little closer on the Crested Caracara


Caught him perching on top the neighbor's dead tree.  I had to crop in and brighten up the photos a bit to show you more detail, but hope you can see how cool he is.


"Mexican Eagle" sounds like a good nickname for this bird.





42 comments:

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Whoa! This must have been exciting for you, T. How did you manage to hold your camera still? I'd be shaking. :)

Clint said...

Very nice shot, indeed. Beautiful bird, too. I was not familiar with the Crested Caracara, so I googled it.

Interesting bird---Unlike other falcons, it does build a stick nest. Also, it spends more time on the ground hunting than other falcon species. Besides carrion, it consumes small game---it should be able to get some good meals on the runaroundranch. Great post.

Sandra said...

have not seen this bird before, sort of a cross between and eagle and osprey

Judy said...

So beautiful he sits. I've not seen this bird before, what great shots you got of him.

Linda said...

Great shot! Love the ones in flight.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Mexican eagle indeed. I bet the other birds all envy his wingspan.

Tracy said...

WOW! Tex, those are stunning shots. I like the ones where he is just beginning to take flight because we can see the brilliant colors in his wings...
Nice work there my dear!

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful bird! He definitely looks similar to an Eagle!!

Michaele said...

So proud looking! Nice shots!

Arija said...

Utterly great shots of your cool dude. Really marvellous to get the flight shots as well.

Deb said...

absolutely awesome....

Farmchick said...

How cool is that?! Don't think I have ever seen one!

edenhills said...

Beautiful shots! He is gorgeous.

Teresa

thesedaysofmine.com said...

I've never seen one of those - or even heard of it. Love all of your bird photos!

~mel said...

Oh... I bet it was a thrill to see him! So was he overseeing the frogs and turtles in the pond? or ducks? I'm sure he was perched up on that tree looking for his next meal somewhere.
... the circle of life.

Sharon said...

Interesting looking bird, too bad the shots aren't clearer - maybe next time. Very cool to see the shots of him taking off in flight!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Wow, you captured some great pics of him!!!

Dawn said...

He looks like a very regal and noble bird.
Amazing colors!

Changes in the wind said...

What a great catch....love the different birds.

Home In The Hollow said...

What a handsome devil, T!...:)JP

Trisha said...

Very cool! That take off shot is awesome!!!

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Very nice photos. And I thought my yellow-bellied sapsucker was cool. lol

Rose said...

Awesome captures...never heard of them. But sure a handsome fellow. It is always interesting to see the birds from other areas.

bon bon said...

oh, isn't he grand! i love how the light is hitting him as he's about to take off. wonderful captures, t!

Sall's Country Life said...

Looks like he knew he was getting his picture taken and turning and posing for you. Awesome!

EG Wow said...

That bird has a great view!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, what a bird! I believe we have these big fellows not in our country.
Have a happy weekend xxxxx

wayside wanderer said...

What a great sighting! He is beautiful!

Cher' Shots said...

How very cool - the things you see! Thanks for sharing!
'love & hugs from afar'

Louise said...

What a magnificent bird! I would get very excited if I saw a creature like that. You are very lucky to have them around.

Allison said...

I love the color and texture you gave these pictures... like something out of the Old West!

Mama-Bug said...

That was a great photo op. Falcons are awesome birds. We rarely see them around here; we have lots of hawks though.

Hilda R.B said...

So beautiful! I've not seen this bird before. Thanks for sharing whit us.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Fine series! That is one great looking bird and you did a wonderful job of capturing it.

Marvin said...

Caracaras are majestic birds. Their range doesn't extend up into the Ozarks, but I have seen them when down in your part of the world. Nice shots!

Inger-M said...

Wow, so majestic!

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Goodness me! I am glad we do not have that bird here. I think he would come in and carry me away, and eat me for lunch! Eeeek!
***Lucky Nickel***
p.s. My lady says it's a lovely bird. She's crazy.

lisaschaos said...

He is totally awesome!!! Wow!

Joe said...

Nice shots. I like the hawks and eagles.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Magestic, isn't he? Great pictures.
xoxo

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Very cool, and he does sort of look like an eagle with that flat head. Beautifully feathered.

heyBJK said...

I've never seen one in person even during my trips to Texas. That's a very cool looking bird and you took some great photos! Nice job, indeed!

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