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Northern Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway


The state of Florida is home to a relict population of northern caracaras that dates to the last glacial period, which ended around 12,500 BP. They eat carrion of all types as well as small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, crabs, insects, earthworms, shellfish and young birds.


Artificial marsh with some clumps of trees at Orlando Wetlands Park


There was actually two of these (photos 1 & 2). They both took off from their perches and started flying together when a couple of turkey vultures interrupted them; you can see in the last photo one of the vultures flying near the Caracara.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 15, 2015
Submitted on Feb 17, 2015

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