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Southern Caracara with prey

Southern Caracara with prey
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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: 2013-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-07 7:16
Viewed: 1428
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Five species of Caracaras live in Brasil. In the Pantanal are the Chimango Caracara and the Southern Caracara common.
This is the Southern Caracara or Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus). It is an omnivore, and will eat reptiles, amphibians and other small animals as well as carrion. This is the carrion of a big bird, but couldnt see what kind of bird. Probably a Screamer.

Its with 56 cm length and 125 cm wingspan the largest of the Caracaras. They belong to the Falconidae.
The Crested Caracara or Southern 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.

Its a bird of open country, which nests in a tree or on the ground, laying 2 to 4 eggs.

The Crested Caracara is the national bird of Mexico.

Source: Different sources.

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hallo Peter
We zijn weer bij elkaar
super mooie opname met veel details en prachtige kleuren
altijd bijzonder om zo iets mee te maken als je op reis bent
bedankt weer gr lou

Hello peter-Nice capture this moment.This is a new species to me.Well captured with its prey.Very attractive colour and sharpness.Nice natural habitat.Thanks for shAring.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Ciao Peter, great capture of inmteresting bird with its prey, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpnes, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-07 10:25]

Hi Peter,
Nice shot of this bird of prey. Amazing colors with lots of sharpness details. Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-07 17:18]

Hi Peter
really a nice presentation of this bird of prey, Lively colours and details. How I like seeing the stripes of the feathers on the breast.
Exciting wirk and lively presentation.


Hello Peter!
Great shot of this amazing bird of prey which i am seeing for the first time. Very good sharpness and details from a fine lateral POV and fine brownish tones all around. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter,
Another lovely capture,in fine details,beautiful colours saturation and well composed.
Thanks for sharing,
Best regards....Joy

hallo Peter
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hallo Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-08 7:20]

Hi Peter,it's a dinner time for this beautiful caracara,you caught the moment in a fantastic way,great DOF for fantastic detail and great exposure for the best colors too,another magnificent specie,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
must be nice to see this bird in nature and to take this nice pic.
well done

Hello Peter,

Thanks for sharing us the nature trove of South America...

It must be awe inspiring to see this bird of prey in it's natural surrounding. Amazing shot to bring out the details, the color & the mood.


Timing great!Beauty...!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-10 3:26]

Hallo Peter,
Great capture ..
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and perfect details.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter

The first time I heard of this bird that is
the Caracara it was long time ago in 1981
I was 13 years old and I was looking for birds,
wild animals, game birds and hunting dogs
in the French Larousse dictionary.

Excellent photo of the Southern Caracara
with its prey shot with fine low POV at the
bird's level obtaining its glance on you,
with great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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