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Southern Crested Caracara

Southern Crested 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: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-29 8:25
Viewed: 2029
Points: 22
[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 couldnít see what kind of bird.

Itís 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.

Itís 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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Hello Peter,

I didn't know it's the national bird of Mexico. Thanks a lot for such informative NOTE.
Very well captured with good details and sharpness. Well focus too. Nice bird....
Thanks for sharing,

Super foto Peter
mooie details en super scherp
ik vindt de kleuren op zijn kop erg mooi
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-29 12:11]

Hello Peter,
This is a fine capture of a Crested Caracara.The sharpness provides enough contrast agaist the green colored BG. Good lighting and presentation.Regards Sigi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-29 17:35]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful bird and captured very nicely by your lens. Just looking at it's body features you can tell it is a very powerful bird and one to be avoided by other birds. Focus is sharp and you managed the exposure quite well under challenging light conditions. I like it's grizzled-like breast markings in contrast to the black wings and legs.

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful rapax in superb pose, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Great close-up shot of this Caracara, with fine POV obtaining its wonderful
eye-contact, excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Yes, super Photo Peter.

Hi Peter
This bird is quite common in my country.
The sharpness is great and the light and colors are well balanced.
Interesting note as well


Intriguing bird and very intimidating stance. You have rein in the highlights very well while keeping the blacks black. Very sharp as usual.

Hello Peter
you have captured this caracara, in a wonderful pose and from a very good POV, the details on the head and plumage are stunning, very good light and colors
Have a good WE

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-04 2:40]

Hi Peter,a very elegant pose and a very perfect shot of this caracara,impressive sharpness and bright colors,iteresting post about the symbol of Mexico,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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