If it weren’t for a crested caracara, Jim Peaco might still be hauling trash.
“There’s not a lot of stimulation when you’re a garbage truck driver,” said the Yellowstone National Park photographer. “So during breaks you have your bird book and binoculars. There were no wolves back then and few bears. So you try to work on your life list.”
That’s when he saw the caracara in Yellowstone National Park, thousands of miles north of where it would normally live. Publicizing the sighting made him a bit of a star in the birding world.
“This bird should not have been here,” he said of the tropical falcon that has been featured on the Mexican peso.
That led to a job as a slide librarian for the National Park Service in Yellowstone.
“If I hadn’t seen that bird I probably wouldn’t have…
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