We, often, have reports from birdwatching friends and dedicated followers. One of our contributing photographers, Teddy Llovet, sent this to us. Since it points out the chance of coming across an unusual visitor, we would like to share with you.
Here today, gone tomorrow…
“A rare visitor came to the Central Coast of California in February 2012 and now again in June 2013. The Crested Caracara, a tropical falcon-like vulture, made its way north from Central and South America.
Wow, did I hit the gas pedal when I heard it was here. Around 6:45 PM on June 29, 2013, I pulled into a turnout north of Cayucos, California in time to photograph this rare visitor perched on a distant large rock outcrop on the ocean side of Highway 1. Moments later it flew to another even more distant rock outcrop on the inland side of Highway 1. Again I clicked my shutter button.
Soon it was flying in circles overhead with me aiming from an almost backbend posture to try to capture its flight. I did my best with my meager 300mm lens. The next day the bird was nowhere to be seen.” ~Teddy Llovet
To see more of her work go to our “Photographers” page.
Happy trails, Bob
In 2006, I was asked to ID a photo from a friend. It looked to be a Red-tailed Hawk in size and coloration. Everything, but the beak. It looked eagle-like. I told him I have only seen that kind of beak on a Caracara, but its color was the wrong color and it didn’t belong here. I had never seen a juvenile or photo of one, but that is what it was. A few days later, we saw two. Two years later, we saw an adult. All of these sightings took place in Montaña de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA. Last year in February, we had an adult Crested Caracara at Piedras Blancas Lighthouse near San Simeon, CA. It stayed for over a month. ~Bob