Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CRESTED CARACARA AKA MEXICAN EAGLE

Saw this beauty on a tree far away.  
Couldn't really tell what it was at first...


So I pulled out the telephoto lens for my camera and captured the closeup below.  It's funny, with its legs on the branch, it almost looked fake at first, like it was propped up there.

Closeup of Crested Caracara or Mexican Eagle
I would not want to mess with those talons though.  Yikes! 
It is the Southern Crested Caracara, also called the Mexican Eagle.  You can CLICK HERE to learn more about it.  After a few photos, it flew away...

Crested Caracara in flight
...but wow, what a majestic bird it was in flight.  It spent the better part of the afternoon gliding and soaring overhead.  We enjoy sharing our property with all the wonderful wildlife we have around this part of the state, except maybe for a few of the creepy crawlies, LOL!


25 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful bird of prey. I love the colours. What is it?

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  2. Doh, just read your title. Don't mind me, brain hasn't kicked in yet!!

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    1. LOL FionaG......I hear ya....I have those moments too! ha ha! ;)

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    2. I hear ya....I actually had to think maybe I forgot to post the name, ha.

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  3. I've never seen one! How splendid! Thank you for sharing your pictures :)

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    1. Aw, thanks!! I love sharing (and seeing from others) animals, birds, etc that are unique to certain areas.

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  4. What gorgeous markings and coloring. Great pictures of a beautiful bird, especially your in-flight photo!

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    1. You are quite welcome, glad you enjoyed!

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  6. 1st Man,

    This Crested Caracara is gorgeous, I haven't seen any of them up this way. We have seen the Bald Eagle up at several of the parks just east and north of us.

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    1. Lucky you to see a Bald Eagle. That's cool! Thanks!!

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  7. So elegant on one hand and so fierce on the other....awesome combo! :)

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    1. What a wonderful description! Love it!

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  8. We have bald eagles but nothing like this. Breathtaking!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Lucky to see those. I've never seen one of those in person. Thanks!!

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  9. Very Interesting Colorful Bird of Prey. Did not know they existed. Thanks for the info and sharing.
    Up where I live in north Iowa, the bald eagles are gaining in population. Just within the last couple to three years, we finally, have some nesting along the Cedar River here. And, then there is the Famous Eagles of Decorah, Iowa, which I think our eagles are some of their babies. M

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    1. I love that they are gaining in population. Such a beautiful and majestic bird. I will have to Google the Decorah Eagles!

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  10. Such a beautiful bird. We don't get many exciting birds out our way. We do have a resident mating pair of great horned owls each year and we enjoy their hooting at night.

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    1. Horned owls are pretty impressive themselves. Luck for you to see them too. Not sure I've heard their hooting. :-)

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