Crested Caracara

Last month, while on a walk at Charlie’s Pasture in Port Aransas, Texas, I spotted a bird in the sky that wasn’t familiar. (Happens all the time — most of the birds I see are a mystery to me.  It’s fun to try and get pictures though and try to identify the bird later.)  It proceeded to land on the ground and looked like it was hunting.

Crested Caracara

I knew we hadn’t seen this bird before.  My bird book says the Crested Caracara is often seen on the ground in the company of vultures, and feeds chiefly on carrion.  Fairly common in Texas.  Wish I could have gotten a better picture, but he was a l-o-n-g ways away!  It’s fun to see something new though.

–Sue

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