The Crested Caracara is a bird that is often seen with vultures as it frequently dines on carrion. I looked out to see one along the pond one day.
Whistling Ducks flying around.
I thought he might have found the opossum that the dogs had killed previously, but I hadn't seen any other vultures nearby.
I shot these photos with the telephoto from inside the house, just recording his presence.
It wasn't until I reviewed the photos on the computer that I realized he had (I'm assuming) killed a Whistling Duck. Snapping turtles have injured and tried to drown them and both snapping turtles and hawks have taken young Whistlers, but this is the first time I'd seen an adult taken by a predator.
I guess he was living up to his nickname, "The Mexican Eagle." The Caracara may eat carrion, but he is still a fierce hunter, too.
The Whistlers watch nervously.
He began dragging his kill away from the pond's edge.
He stowed the carcass under the tree for safe-keeping.
The next day, I only found feathers. It is nature's way.