Doing what Crested Caracaras do, this gorgeous bird demonstrated an attention display even though it is not breeding season and there were no other Caracaras around.
The handler shared that this bird was raised in captivity and this has become his default behavior around humans and is not to be taken personally.
Crested Caracaras are found in the wild in Central Florida, much of eastern Texas, and a sliver of Arizona.
He is beautiful, and I think he knows it!
Ted and I recently attended our fifth Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awenda, SC. Photographers have an opportunity to take close-up images of a number of birds of prey as well as some flight demonstrations. As always the staff and volunteers provided a fun and educational experience.
The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021