2015—Costa Rica—Caracara

We had quite a few Caracara sightings in Costa Rica. I took these shots within minutes of each other near the lagoon. The first is a crested caracara who, with its mate, was building a nest in the palm tree. The bird apparently had eaten recently, the protruding lump on its breast indicating a full crop. The second photograph is of a yellow-headed caracara and it was only after I reviewed the photographs of it that I realized that this bird seems to have a chunk missing from the tip of its beak.

Costa Rica 2015-023-1423

Costa Rica 2015-023-1495