Crested Caracaras Mating

A crested caracara bird has an eventful afternoon.  It starts off with a lonely, yet firm stance on a gravel patch along the Laguna Madre bay area.
I slowly walk closer to the bird and it stays in place, posing very still for a crisp photograph.  I slowly leave and then a neighborhood cat comes around to investigate this brazen bird.  The bird moves just a little to face toward the feline, ready to strike and reverse any plans the cat may have.  A male caracara swoops in to send the cat running, and lands next to the stoic female.  Even though they look identical, sexing them becomes extremely obvious, even from a distance.

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