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#6607459 - 12/29/16 07:12 PM Cara Cara
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I was on highway 16 today about 10 miles south of Commanche. In a large winter wheat field I saw two birds of prey on the ground with a buzzard sitting about 30 yards away. I turned back around because the raptors had light colored heads. I got stopped and got the binoculars on them and it was a pair of cara cara's on a lamb carcass. I couldn't believe it! Isn't that a little far north for cara cara's??


Edited by activescrape (12/29/16 07:53 PM)
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#6607479 - 12/29/16 07:30 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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They're all over N. Lee county. Never saw one outside of S. Texas 10 years ago.

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#6607481 - 12/29/16 07:33 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Registered: 09/20/09
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Loc: Up in the cheap seats..
We have a few in South Dallas/North Ellis county.. They threw me off the first time I saw them but now the orange on the beak and white wing tips is a dead giveaway..

They don't seem to be as aggressive as the red tail hawks in diving on rabbits, rats, etc.. but they're cool to watch..
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#6607498 - 12/29/16 07:44 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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See them in Lampasas, Fairfield, and saw one near Henderson a while back....becoming very common
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#6607542 - 12/29/16 08:10 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Crested_Caracara/id
I did find this. Maybe they are expanding.
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#6607544 - 12/29/16 08:11 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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We get them in San Saba. I have pics of them eating on a pig carcass somewhere.

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#6607551 - 12/29/16 08:17 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Also called a Mexican eagle. I've seen them around our place west of Luckenbach.
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#6607572 - 12/29/16 08:31 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: Creekrunner]
Erny Offline
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Also called a Mexican eagle. I've seen them around our place west of Luckenbach.


Yea we always called them mexican eagles as well. They are very cool birds and love watching them when I hunt south Texas.

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#6607602 - 12/29/16 08:45 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
Adchunts Offline
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Registered: 12/03/16
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Loc: New Braunfels, TX
I see them here fairly regularly...am four hours south of the OP, though...


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#6607626 - 12/29/16 09:00 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
swmays Offline
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Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
I saw one on my place in Hopkins County once.

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#6607699 - 12/29/16 10:06 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
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I grew up seeing them in Southwest Texas. We called them Mexican Eagles. Last year I saw some between Marlin and Groesbeck in Falls county.

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#6607707 - 12/29/16 10:10 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
maximum Offline
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seen one a couple of days ago s.e.
dallas, but i just figured it was a
redtail with some kind of freak
coloration. redtails alway sit in the
top of this hackberry tree to the east
of here.

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#6607740 - 12/29/16 10:45 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
See them with regularity near Caradan.
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#6607742 - 12/29/16 10:50 PM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Registered: 07/27/06
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Loc: Corinth, TX
Had a dead cow at our place two weeks ago and there were 4 of them on the carcass. Two juveniles and two adults. This was in Hood Co. Tolar TX.
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#6607860 - 12/30/16 06:33 AM Re: Cara Cara [Re: activescrape]
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Registered: 10/06/06
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Loc: hopkins co
Beautiful birds and have seen em several times in hopkins co.
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