Monday, April 3, 2017

Crested Caracara

Hello,

I am sharing the Crested Caracara, a raptor seen in Florida. We saw this bird in several places and up close in the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State park. It was also seen along the roads hanging out with the vultures eating road kill.

The Crested Caracara is a resident of these Florida prairie lands and range land.


This raptor has a crest, naked face and a heavy bill.


The Crested Caracara are on the decline due to their habitat being converted to housing development.







This is one of my Florida Birds. My first sightings of this raptor was in Costa Rica. I also saw it in Panama and Curacao. Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

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64 comments:

✿ chica said...

Lindos cliques.Beleza de poses... beijos, ótima semana! chica

Lynne said...

I found the Crested Caracara quite handsome . . .
Not that I would be fond of him sweeping down surprising me
but colorful markings and proud stature.
Thank you for another "first see" for me from you Eileen . . .

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Sue said...

What an unusual bird---I've not heard of this one.

Giga said...

I have not seen such a bird yet, it is beautiful. It looks interesting on the last picture, among other birds. Regards.

Tom said...

...yet another critter that I don't know.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yup, that's a new one on me too! Smart critter! YAM xx

Florence said...

We have them along the Texas Gulf Coast too. They are such striking birds! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Cat Lover said...

What an incredible bird! Very majestic.
Thanks for sharing!
Robin

Liz said...

What a fabulous looking bird of prey, Eileen! Lovely shots!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I go to the wrong preserves. Never seen one of these cool guys.

Dicky Bird said...

I've never seen one of those. Thanks for sharing. He is a rather ugly thing tho...

Sandra said...

he is awesome, I have never even seen a photo of one of these birds, had no idea they exist.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, desconhecia a linda ave, a Caracara está bem fotografada.
AG

Pointy Little Sticks said...

These are amazing birds.

I saw my first two last summer. They were squabbling up in a tree on State Road 46 in Geneva, Florida.

I think I almost gave Steve a heart attack when I yelled STOP THE CAR!!!!

We lived in the area 32 years and that is the first ones I ever saw.

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Fantastic photos! Happy new week!:)

xxBasia

Crissi said...

I have never heard of this bird - nice pictures!
Hug Crissi

Charlene N.K. said...

What a beautiful raptor! Something new for me again.

Linda said...

I have never seen this bird before, Eileen! He is very handsome, I love the colours and patterns. Thank you so much for all you share, I love your posts. I hope you have a fantastic week!

Debbie said...

what an amazing bird, your captures are awesome!!!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful post and photos! I have never seen this bird before. Very pretty raptor!

Have a nice new week!

RedPat said...

He looks quite fierce! Nice pics, Eileen!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I'm back from my travels and visiting again. What an amazing bird this Crested Caracara is: a cross between our secretary bird and a large eagle. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Jo

Linda W. said...

Interesting bird, and you got some great photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's beautiful and one I haven't seen....that I know of! I drove over to the library pond and saw a few birds today. It made me feel good to stand there and stare out at the water...even though it was 90 degrees! lol Hugs!

Missy George said...

Handsome bird..Sorry about it's habitat..Good photos..

Lois said...

What a gorgeous bird! I have never seen one before. Beautiful photos!

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for these well composed pictures

The Yum List said...

What a grand looking bird.

Rose said...

Oh, wow, I think they are a strange looking bird/raptor but I don't know why I think that. I would love to see one in real life.

Lady Fi said...

Wow - what a beautiful-looking bird. Great shots!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow!!! Great, brave looking and colorful raptor "Crested Caracara" is♫♫♫ So sad to hear that the numbers are declining. Today I found little Bull-headed shrike, big size difference p:-)
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Giancarlo said...

Buona giornata

rupam sarma said...

Helloo, Awesome pics. Great.

Beth Edwards, VA said...

i really enjoy the new springy header. so pretty. love the blues. happy spring!! we had a nice rain storm last night. hoping it will help our grass grow. love the birdie so neat looking!! ( ;

Mary Hone said...

Isn't he a handsome guy. You have the neatest birds there.

Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileeen. I just long to see a Caracara but i think I am destined to see them only in pictures taken in Florida. Yours are superb. A great poser.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
such a strong beauty ! Awesome !!!!
Best regards, Synnöve

Karen S. said...

Good morning, Eileen, what an incredible group of captures, he sure is a beauty, and that last photo so very cool to see them together! Enjoy your day.

William Kendall said...

Very distinctive, and unlike anything I've seen!

Gordon said...

I've been lucky enough to see this bird only a couple of times in florida. and on both occations it was in the Kissimmee area. Its a bird I think has a lot of character, a really smart bird and well photographed.
Take care, Gordon.

Suzanne Prickett said...

The Caracara is actually quite attractive. He looks like a gentleman on his way to the "gents" club. You got very good photos of him. Have a wonderful day, Eileen!

Birgitta said...

You are fantastic to catch birds on your camera!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I especially like the picture of the caracara with the egret chorus!

Lowcarb team member said...

I think it looks a most handsome bird.
Lovely to see your photo's.

All the best Jan

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images. The Crested Caracara is one my favourites, I love it.

mick said...

Great photos of that raptor. It is an amazing looking bird. Thanks for sharing.

Pam Jackson said...

Cool pics! We don't have those things.....haha, birds in Nashville TN. Interesting.

A Colorful World said...

Great sighting! He's such a neat bird...so very "South American!"

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've never seen this raptor, Eileen. He has a tropical looking face, almost like almost like a toucan. Glad you spotted him in Florida!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a magnificent bird!

Lynn said...

I've never seen a caracara - so regal!

giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Hi Eileen, mi piace moltissimo la 2° foto !! Grande scatto !!!
Myriam :)

Wandering Wren said...

Amazing bird - Nothing more spectacular for me to spot than a few pigeons around here! I know there are lots of birds because I can hear them but they don't want to fly up high to our apartment!
Wren x

amo sin blogg said...

Special and beautiful birds.
You allways take such nice photos.

Have nice aprildays.
Hugs from Anne-Mari

Les Fous du Cap said...

Le caracara est vraiment un très bel oiseau ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Our photos said...

Wow, that is nice ! The 2nd photo is my favourite !

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

It's difficult to believe that the caracara population is in decline...I see 'em everywhere in our area. I love the look of the juvenile...they're buff brown and pink bill.

Altho, I like the adults too.

Great photos Eileen.

A Casa Madeira said...

Hi, Eileen
Always with beautiful pictures.
Good start to the month.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A stately looking fellow! Love his crest! Great shots. x Karen

NatureFootstep said...

a very interesting bird. One of the species I saw in Costa Rica. Love to see your photos :)

orvokki said...

What a great bird, never seen it.

Rambling Woods said...

I have never even heard of this raptor Eileen.. Very regal looking bird....Michelle

Karen said...

Oh wow, what an amazing looking bird. Terrific shots!