Saturday, September 14, 2013

Crested Caracara Feasting on Wild Pig Carcass in Florida




Crested Caracara Feasting on Wild Pig Carcass in Florida

Crested Caracara Feasting on Wild Pig Carcass in Florida

The magnificent Crested Caracara are rarely seen members of the falcon family in Florida. There is a stable population in central Florida, however, they typically live in very remote open rangeland/ranch areas. They have adapted to live primarily off (unfortunately abundant) roadkill of wildlife - in this case a rather large wild pig. They themselves (and other raptors) are occasionally killed by cars as they eat carrion. If this had been winter time they would have had to fight hard with abundant vultures that move into the same area.

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