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Crested (Southern) Caracara

Crested (Southern) Caracara
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-14 8:52
Viewed: 3864
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken near a farm in the Pantanal.
In Brasil live five species of Caracaras. In the Pantanal are the Chimango Caracara and the Southern Caracara very common. This is the Southern Caracara or Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus or polyborus plancus). It’s with 56 cm length and 125 cm wingspan the largest of the Caracaras. They belong to the Falconidae.

The Crested Caracara is broad-winged and long-tailed. It also has long legs and frequently walks and runs on the ground. It is very cross-shaped in flight. The adult has a black body, wings, crest and crown. The neck, rump, and conspicuous wing patches are white, and the tail is white with black barring and a broad terminal band. The breast is white, finely barred with black. The bill is thick, grey and hooked, and the cere is red. This species has bare skin around the eye that can change color in seconds. Sexes are similar, but immature birds have a brown back, buff neck and throat, and pale breast streaked with brown. The voice of this species is a low rattle.
It’s a bird of open country, which nests in a tree or on the ground, laying 2 to 4 eggs.
The Crested Caracara is omnivorous, and will eat reptiles, amphibians and other small animals as well as carrion.
The Crested Caracara is the national bird of Mexico.

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Hi Peter,
very nice portraite of Caracara. Focus, POV, composition, eye contact and informative notes very nice. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes

Hi Peter
Very nice portrait of this caracara, congratulations

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-14 10:48]

Hi Peter

Wonderful details in the feathers and a great POV. Sharpness and framing are both great and the DOF is spot on. Great looking bird



Simply stunning portrait of a less well known species of bird....

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-14 12:04]

Hi Peter. Every day you bring us a different bird many i have never seen until i became a member of TN so thanks. once again an unusal looking bird. you have captured it with good detail and colours.well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-14 12:27]

Hola Peter,
buen retrato,
excelentes detalles y buen pov,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-14 13:10]

Hi Peter,

A wonderful portrait of this bird. I really enjoy seeing all these exotic species that I would never see otherwise. Beautiful colors and a lovely background. Excellent details of the face and plummage.


Hi Peter,
although not a raptor this bird sure fits the profile.Your capture is good with plenty of detail which of course make it wonderful.The details in the plumage are very fine however you may of of cropped a little too close as there is a general softness to this shot.I like this one and please keep 'em coming. Bob

Hello Peter,
What an magnificent bird. I just love birds of prey, they all look so noble . wonderful coloring and beautiful detials...Great shot. TFS

Hi Peter
Superb shot
Excellent detail and sharpness
Nice color,pose and BG
tfs jon

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-15 1:02]

Hello Peter,
Fine close portrait of the Crested Caracara set in an excellent composition with fine colours and lighting. It would be nice to see the whole bird and the detail shown in this shot would allow perfect sharpness if the original showed the whole.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Peter,
Very fine close-up of this bird. First time I see this species! Excellent details and colours.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-15 10:39]

Hi Peter,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Superbly done. Wish I could write a few more words, pity my net problem does not allow that. Sorry.
TFS this awesome shot.

Très impressionnant comme gros plan les détails sont vraiment fantastiques et les couleurs naturelles.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-10-15 13:32]

That is such a cool bird - we have them around here, too, though I haven't seen one yet... Little noisy but a good image after all! Cheers, Klaus

wow! what a good looking bird - love the profile shot, the detail looks great.
Well taken...

Hello Peter,
Very nice portrait of this Caracara with great POV.
I guess it's funny name. :-)
Excellent sharpness against blurred BG, well composed too.
TFS and regards,

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-10-16 10:54]

Hi Peter
Nice capture and composition..fine details and POV.
I like the colors of the image and the well managered light.
it´s hard to find images of this beautiful bird..
well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-16 15:18]

Hello Peter, wow what a bird ! I think that you have in Brasil the most impressive birds of the world ! Great shot, well exposed and you did a nice tight crop ! Well done,


Hi Peter, what a lovely bird which it is a novelty for me like your almost all other shots.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Peter

Excellent portrait of the Crested Caracara,
fine POV, expressive glance and eye-contact,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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