Caracara cheriway--Crested Caracara #2

© Robert G. Stalnaker

Caracara cheriway--Crested Caracara #2

Linda A. Braddock level-classic April 07, 2008

Robert, Love it! Very Beautiful! Linda #895467

Dick Jenkins April 21, 2008

I like your photo Robert. I was really surprised to learn that the Caracara is native to our area. I've seen one in Homosassa Springs but never one in the wild. I'm going to have to do some reading...and looking for him. Good work! #5816501

Robert G. Stalnaker April 21, 2008

Dick, the small Florida population seems to be a bit of an anomaly. Looking at Sibley's range map, you have this small dot around Orlando south to north Miami. The next place you see them is in south Texas and south Arizona into Mexico and Baja. The numbers are not only small but are declining due to (guess what?) loss of habitat, and the small Florida population leads to inbreeding which is also a danger to its survivability.

Interesting Caracara facts: it is a member of the falcon family. It sometimes hangs around vultures and will eat carion like a vulture but like hawks will also attack live prey.

Here is a link re range: #5822087

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You know you are having a good day when a Bald Eagle is watching you watch the elusive and secretive Least Bittern directly below him, then a Crested Caracara flies into a tree opposite the Bald Eagle--a fortunate day for sure.

f/8, 1/640, ISO 200, daylight, spot, lens Canon EF 400mm L, tripod, Viera Wetlands, FL, 3/28/08.

Exif: F Number: 10, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

Uploaded on April 03, 2008

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