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July 29, 2012

The Road Crew

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 18:02

Crested Caracaras, Adult and Juvenile



  1. I will TRY very hard to get back here and comment in the next few days.

    Under the birds’ feet is a small piece of what used to be an armadillo. The adult bird carried a section of it into the road to share with the juvenile.

    Comment by Christina — July 29, 2012 @ 18:06

  2. Stunningly beautiful, worth waiting for! :-)
    The space to the right is very powerful and a sceptic might say room for some text!
    Love them both.

    Comment by Rex — July 29, 2012 @ 18:45

  3. Do you mean cynic rather than sceptic Rex?

    Not that I have studied Audobon but this certainly brings him to mind. How convenient of your local authorities to make white roads!! But it is a very splendid ‘illustration’ with perfect lighting (the white reflector helps!). Presumably the Caracaras eat dead armadillos that they find – I can’t believe that they kill them. I wonder where the name comes from as ‘cara’ is face in Spanish – are they two-faced b******s?!

    Comment by zavaell — July 30, 2012 @ 06:28

    • John — Caracaras do a lot of scavenging and likely found the armadillo dead, though they do hunt for smaller live prey (grasshoppers, frogs, and crayfish come to mind). I tried to find the answer to the name question. This from a good source: “The name “caracara” is said to be of Guarani Indian origin, traro-traro, derived from the unusual rattling vocalization that the bird utters when agitated.” I think I like your idea better though.

      While looking for the answer about the name I came across this account that I thought was funny and mostly true — you might enjoy reading it. The part about them liking barbecue is very true — they can always be found right after a prescribed burn combing the area for a meal.

      I have gotten a lot of mileage out of that white shell road that runs through the Preserve (sorry for the pun). The Preserve staff hate the road material, since it apparently changes the pH levels of the surrounding landscape to be unnatural, plus when dry it is very dusty — but I will be sorry if they ever pave it.

      Comment by Christina — August 1, 2012 @ 04:19

  4. I used to watch birds in my area when I was young, counted them, listed the different types, looked up my bird books to find out more about them. In all that time I have not seen pictures of birds as stunning as the ones you present on this site.
    Stunning, I’d buy a print.

    Comment by rhoehne — July 31, 2012 @ 01:17

    • Thank you for such a compliment, Robert. Maybe someday (when/if I ever start having prints made again) we can exchange. I would be delighted to have one of your photos.

      Comment by Christina — August 1, 2012 @ 04:22

  5. Thanks for those explanations Christina. I suspect that the original Guarani name makes more sense!

    Comment by zavaell — August 1, 2012 @ 06:42

  6. I guess that’s the road to armadillo.

    Forgive me, your stunning image does not deserve such a terrible pun.

    Comment by cgcooke — September 1, 2012 @ 21:58

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