I was a bit taken aback this morning to discover that we have at least one new animal vecino in the campo. Our side of the peninsula is not part of the Laughing Falcon’s usual habitat. But then our Rainbow Boa didn’t exactly belong here either, so I guess it’s suffice to say the animals don’t always follow the rules.
I noticed this bird sitting on what we call the Vulture Tree. The vultures are usually quite generous in sharing their tree with any bird that wishes to use it, even the Caracaras. It seems though that they are giving this fellow a wide berth as he was sitting by himself enjoying the view.
My research indicates that this falcon’s dietary staple is snakes earning it the name “Snake Hawk”. If there’s enough snakes out there to keep his belly full then he’s welcome to stay as long as he likes.
If you’d like to take a listen to what this bird sounds like once again the Cornell neotropical bird website is the place to go. You’ll find it here. My friend Kris in David also took some pictures of a Laughing Falcon in her backyard.
* Our internet is still not working at 100% capacity. We had a torrential rainstorm and as a consequence we were also without power for 13 hours, from midnight on the 17th of November to 1:00 p.m. on the 18th of November. It’s taken me a while to load this and it hasn’t been without it’s frustrations this morning but at least the sun is trying to peak from behind the clouds in the campo.