Growing up…

I have blogged and shared many photographs of our Crested CaraCaras, Chill and Will.  I guess Leicalady and I have been feeding them for over five years – always enjoying their flying and eating habits. Six months ago they started to bring their offspring, Phil and Lil, with them. Yesterday I saw Chill way up in one of the big Oak trees waiting for dinner…

Got food?

Although the Caracara is considered a falcon, it is really like a vulture. It has very long pointed wings (mature wingspan of four feet)that are characteristic of falcons. The top of its head is black, and almost looks like a toupee! Most of the Caracara’s diet is roadkill – they will often roam with Vultures in search of carrion. They are also quick runners and will chase and dig after small animals. In fact, the Caracara is the most terrestrial bird in the falcon group. As I walked over to the fence with turkey neck in hand, I could hear him cackling at me…a soon as I placed his food on the post and turned away he took off…

Thank you...

Where are you baby?

Their baby soon arrived, anxious for dinner. The scientific name(Polyborus plancus) comes from poly, the Greek word for many or varied; boros, meaning gluttonous and remarks on the bird’s voracious appetite; and from the Latin word plancus, which is a word Aristotle used for an eagle. The common name, Caracara, is what South Americans called the bird and probably imitates the sound of the bird. Leicalady and I can certainly attest to their never-ending appetite. The baby’s feathers are not fully developed but he can fly…

I am hungry too...

Chill hopped off the fence post and delivered a special turkey dinner…

Life is good...

Leicalady and I hope that Chill, Will, Phil and Lil will continue to give us many more years of viewing excitement…

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~ by leicaman on December 5, 2010.

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