December 17, 2014

Immature caracara



We saw several immature caracaras at the Brownsville dump.
This is a great birding spot in Texas.
Sewage lagoons are also good birding spots.

Birders go to the nicest places.

Caracara cheriway

A tropical falcon version of a vulture, the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures.

Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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