Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY


When we were driving down the gulf coast of Florida, I saw a flash of two birds scratching in the dirt, in the long grass at the side of the road.  I had never set eyes on them before.  I found this extraordinary looking bird again at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the park is also a rehabilitation center for injured birds.  It is called a Crested Caracaras and a member of the Falcon family.  They build large nests in trees or on the ground, and live 9 to 15 years.


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Today I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  Thanks for hosting these wonderful memes Michelle and Stewart. I enjoy joining in when I have something to share.

37 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i love these guys. we have them here. they hang with the vultures and eat carrion, mostly. still, the mexican eagle is a beautiful bird!

Karen S. said...

Such a stunning bird! Nature's gifts are endless!

Sandra said...

these are amazing and ihave been here most of my life and never seen one.. strange and beautiful

Karen said...

What an interesting looking falcon. Fabulous shots Denise! I really like the last one displaying the tail feathers!

Naquillity said...

oh my goodness what a gorgeous bird. what a lucky capture. hope all is well. have a great day~

Linda Gross said...

That is a pretty bird; love the spread tail feathers in the last photograph.

genie said...

Oh my goodness...this is such a beautiful bird. Very classy. Looks like it is wearing a fur around its neck.

Ginny said...

These are glorious of the unusual bird! I love the first one, and the tail fanning out.

Gail Dixon said...

Denise, these are incredible shots of a beautiful and fascinating bird! I did not know they were members of the falcon family, but I see the resemblance now. Bravo on the photos!!

orvokki said...

Awesome bird. Thank you for showing, I do not see this one free in Finland.
Hugs

Em Parkinson said...

Love that last one!

Elephant's Child said...

What a majestic bird - and what a powerful beak.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fierce looking fellows aren't they? We see them occasionally on the roadsides here and used to see them in Texas. Caracaras are the Mexican Eagle (National Bird). (I'm not sure if they are all crested or if there are more than one type. I shhould look that up.)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

He's wearingamagificent ruff. How nice togetso close to him!

Brian King said...

These guys are awesome! I've never seen one except in photos.

Carole M. said...

wow - this is one very impressive raptor!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, the are cool birds. Great shots of the Crested Caracara..

Karen said...

This is a beautiful bird, wonderful shots of him.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful! Definitely a bird I've never seen before.

Linda said...

Great shots! I like that bird.

Pauline said...

What a fabulous looking bird and your images are so crisp! Beautiful.

Adam said...

a majestic bird

Susie Clevenger said...

What a gorgeous bird..your photos are beautiful!

Kay said...

Your bird photos are always so spectacular, Denise. That is a very beautiful, strikingly colored bird.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Denise These are great shots. It is lovely to see birds this close to examine all their wonderful feathers etc.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird. I love the last shot.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What a curious-looking bird. I've never heard of a ground-nesting falcon before either. Thanks for the enlightenment.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

How majestic. Beautiful shots Denise.

Mimsie said...

What a magnificent bird and such fantastic photographs. Thank you for sharing him/her with us.

SeagullSuzie said...

Great to see this bird, what a stunner. I love seeing all these 'new to me' birds through your blog.

diane b said...

What an unusual big bird. Great shots of it too

Gunsside said...

Nice to see this one
Lovely shots

Susan said...

A beautiful (and lucky) bird. I love the blue beak. Thanks for the link too Denise :D)

Stewart M said...

I would love to see one of these great looking birds!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Marie said...

What a wonderful-looking bird! How neat that you got to see one in the wild as well.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh handsome looking bird... I am so happy that we have wildlife rehabber..... Michelle

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

what a beautiful and unusual bird