CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
This was an exciting encounter. I spotted this falcon in my neighbors yard in a tall pine. I knew it was something special but I didn’t have my field glasses, so relied on my camera to i.d. it. New Life Lister for me.
According to Cornell: “Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.”
Diet: “Insects; small and occasionally large vertebrates, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals; eggs; and carrion of all types.”