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:

FionaG said...

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

FionaG said...

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

Delores said...

It's a beauty.

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. And repeat.

Quinn said...

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

Texas Rose said...

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

Tombstone Livestock said...

Unusual thanks for sharing

Sandy said...

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.

Pam said...

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

Pam said...

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

Tewshooz said...

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

Midnite Baker said...

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

2 Tramps said...

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.

1st Man said...

;-)

1st Man said...

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

1st Man said...

Definitely a beautiful bird.

1st Man said...

Thank you! :-)

1st Man said...

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

1st Man said...

Thank you!!

1st Man said...

You are quite welcome, glad you enjoyed!

1st Man said...

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

1st Man said...

What a wonderful description! Love it!

1st Man said...

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

1st Man said...

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

1st Man said...

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