The Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) is also known by the name Johnny Rook. Its range is restricted to the Falkland Islands and islands off Cape Horn and along the coast of Chile. It mainly predates on penguin chicks, eggs and small petrels. Just prior to this photograph, an adult Skua, standing on the ground, was killed by the Caracara with a vicious double-footed strike, as it swooped low over the ground. The Skua was disemboweled and its head was severed within a few minutes. Note the heavy crop on the Caracara, which developed in just a few minutes of frenzied eating.
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Carcass Island, Falkland Islands,
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP