Crested Caracara Eagle
Today's photos were taken during on the same day during my regular morning walk around the park looking for wildlife to photograph. I first saw the eagle on the ground pecking at something. I tried getting close, but the large bird moved away. After downloading the images I realized that it was actually pecking at the shell of a turtle.
I was disappointed that I didn't get the images I was after, but later I saw the eagle pecking at the air conditioner on a nearby house. I backtracked and went towards the house but by the time I got there, the eagle had gone. After putting the camera back in my camera bag and resuming my walk, I was surprised to see it sitting atop a tree directly in front of me. It was being harassed by several crows and finally took off after one of them, but eventually flew away being chased by at least a dozen crows.
Once again I continued walking and spotted another eagle pruning itself on top of a tall tree. I walked slowly towards it and made several photos along the way. I walked in someone's driveway and stayed there for around 30 minutes making photos as it cleaned its feathers and kept an eye out for possible dangers. Because I was quiet and still, it ignored me completely allowing me to get a few good shots.
I am sharing several photos on my Blog this morning. The closer views have been cropped from the original images to let you see this beautiful bird up close.