I had to do two postings of this bird because he was such a willing model. Beautiful red chest and fairly large bird. I tried to keep the deer out of the pictures as much as possible because it was in a state of deterioration and caked with mud and not a pleasant part of the picture, but I have to keep it real here. I had a hard time trying to figure which picture to use as the lead. He/she was a great model - not intimidated by me at all. These birds usually go after live prey. Not sure why this guy decided to dine on carrion. He/she looked healthy enough.
Lat: 30.47, Long: -97.76
Spotted on Feb 13, 2012
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012
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