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Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara
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Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 90] (1266)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikon DX AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-23 21:47
Viewed: 3544
Points: 1
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Crested Caracara (Scientific name: Caracara plancus). The Crested Caracara has a body length of 19 - 23 inches, a 4-foot wingspan, and weighs 1 3/4 - 3 1/2 pounds. The bird’s weight varies greatly depending on where it lives.
The Crested Caracaras’ preferred habitat is open, lowland countryside, like pastures, savannas, river edges, and ranches. They may also be found in some forests and marshes. These birds reside in the southwestern United States and Florida, Central America, and South America.
The Crested Caracara usually feeds on carrion, but they will take advantage of any food opportunity by eating small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, turtles, fish, crab, eggs, insects, worms, and nestling birds. Caracaras hunt live food on the ground or take food from other birds.
Crested Caracaras build a massive stick nest in a palm, cactus, tree, or on the ground. The female usually lays 2 - 3 eggs that are incubated for 28 - 32 days. The young caracaras have a drawn out fledging period, taking up to 3 months before they are flying as independent birds

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Hi Lior,
I can see you're a globetrotter friend!
It's good that you can come for our countrys and make your photos!
Here in Venezuela we also have this bird, and I could never take a picture of it! ... So you won me! :)
Good picture, but the focus is a bit far escaped the bird's head. I think it's best to always use spot focus, pointing first to the eye and then composing. Although the case of these birds, is the risk of losing the chance!

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