The Caracaras and the turtle

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Hi you'll

I was leaving the Wetland sthe other day when I saw two caracara's land nearby. Of course I had to stop and see what was going on

they had found a turtle
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he turned it over to take a look see
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he tried to pull it out of its shell
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This was harder than he planned so he took a break to figure out what to do
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at this point he noticed me and since he wasn't in a sharing mood he turned his butt towards me and vamoosed.
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Oh, poor turtle! Harry, they are such unusual birds (to me) and your captures and the series is incredible! But I would have cried watching that poor turtle get hauled away into the sky like that!

Where?
 
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Canyonlu said:
Oh, poor turtle! Harry, they are such unusual birds (to me) and your captures and the series is incredible! But I would have cried watching that poor turtle get hauled away into the sky like that!

Where?
Hi Marilu

The Crested Caracara is a hawk that normally eats carrion. This is the first time I've seen them with live prey. Having done a lot of wildlife shooting I guess I'm used to the process of the food chain.

The shots were taken in the Viera Wetlands in Viera, Florida. Thats on the space coast just below Cape Canaveral and a tad north of Melbourne. Caracaras are usually found in Texas and Mexico but some find their way to Florida and Arizona.
 
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Another reason not to like Cracaras. :(

Great series Harry.

And yes I know it's all part of life in the big wide world and I have no problem with it really. It's just I find Caracaras particularly ugly raptors. I think they make turkey vultures look cute. There's just something plain mean looking about Caracaras and this proved it. :D

Thanks for posting the pics.

Now, who wants to join me in the "WWCHC"* We have meetings weekly down the road in the old church hall. Oh and it's your turn to bring the beer.

Neil

* World Wide Caracaras Hating Club
 
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Hi Harry,

I do feel sorry for the turtle but know the birds have to eat too :lol:

Your series of pictures is marvelous :!:

Thanks and best to you,

Gaye
 
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Hey Neil,

The Caracaras being mainly carrion eaters don't bring honor much to the falcon line. I have never seen them with live prey before. Every time I see when I think that the crest on top of their heads is really a wig. :lol:

Harry
 
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GeeJay said:
Hi Harry,

I do feel sorry for the turtle but know the birds have to eat too :lol:

Your series of pictures is marvelous :!:

Thanks and best to you,

Gaye
Hey Gaye,

If it makes you feel any better the turtle went quickly. I'm glad you liked the pics. Always great hearing from you.
 
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Fantastic shots Harry. I too feel for the turtle, but at least another wild animal got a meal out of it. In the last week I've seen racoons, squirrels, mockingbirds, and other animals that were just squished on the road by unlucky (or careless) drivers.

What a true waste. :(

Great shots BTW. ;-)

Frank
 
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mike mac said:
Fantastic great color and sharpness, amazed at the way it just picked up the turtle and flew away
Thanks Mike. It was pretty interesting to view (easy to say when you're not the turtle). :D
 
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