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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/4, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-08 5:22
Viewed: 3998
Points: 22
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Hi all!
Thanks for you kind words in my last post. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see and comment yours too, but later I'll see it.

I took this shot with my old macro 105mm (after a huge crop) through my car window in movement beside road. I know you are thinking I'm a crazy guy and I agree with you since I was driving. In the WS version you'll see the first shot and than it flied.
I hope you like it. See you soon.....

Caracara plancus
The Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus), also known as the Southern Crested Caracara, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It formerly included the Northern Caracara (C. cheriway) of the southern United States, Mexico, Central America and northern South America, and the extinct Guadalupe Caracara (C. lutosa) as subspecies. As presently defined, the Southern Caracara is restricted to central and southern South America. As its relatives, it was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus.
It has a total length of 50–65 cm (20–26 in) and a wingspan of c. 120 cm (47 in). Individuals from the colder southern part of its range average larger than those from tropical regions. The cap, belly, thighs, most of the wings and tail-tip are dark brownish, the auriculars, throat and nape are whitish-buff, and the chest, neck, mantle, back, uppertail-coverts, crissum and basal part of the tail are whitish-buff barred dark brownish. In flight, the outer primaries show a large conspicuous whitish-buff patch ('window'), as in several other species of caracara. The legs are yellow and the bare facial skin and cere are deep yellow to reddish-orange. Juveniles resemble adults, but are paler, with streaking on the chest, neck and back, grey legs, and whitish, later pinkish-purple, facial skin and cere.
It can be separated from the similar Northern Caracara by its more extensive barring on the chest, brownish and often lightly mottled/barred scapulars (all blackish in Northern), and pale lower back with dark barring (uniform blackish in Northern). Individuals showing intermediate features are known from the small area of contact in north-central Brazil, but intergradation between the two species is generally limited.

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Olá Francisco,
I hope the title and the pic doesn't mean You leave the site... Even through car window, a fantastic shot with perfect timing and composition, and the title fits very well to the pose of the caracara. Fabulous capture. Bravo. I also like the WS, showing the bird's face and body so well. Be careful while photographing meanwhile driving. :) Good luck and tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-08 6:50]

Hola Francisco,
Blue sky, Fund ...
Composition, color and detail is excellent.
Have a good new week,

Ciao Francisco. Great detaisl and super DOF aganinst the endless blue.


olá Francisco,
Firstly I would ask; but our friend László already wrote to you. I am pleasured title was only for caracara.
this is a great capture of this pretty bird by a macro lens of 105mm. great sharp focus and composition against blue and spotless sky. superb colors. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Francisco,
It is a beautiful picture of a "cari cari" (as we call them in my country). The POV is challenging, the composition even more challenging! but the result is a picture that almost seems to move really printing as the bird away. Excellent cropping and placement decision. Very good light and a bird in flight impeccable. Good work, thanks for sharing.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-08 11:51]

Wonderful this lovely and new for me bird1
Great details on the blue of the sky!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-03-08 12:09]

Hola Francisco,
buena saturación de color y gran foco...
con 105 mm, es una imagen de gran calidad y aproximación.
saludos amigo

Hello Francisco,
Very nice capture MF! It was flying so close to your car, amazing! You took very high risks shooting while driving! Cheers,

Olá Francisco.
Magnífico registro dessa bela ave em pleno voo!
Composição limpa e agradável, com o céu de fundo destacando o plano principal. O enquadramento é muito interessante, obedecendo a "Regra dos Terços".
Quero te parabenizar não só por esta imagem, mas por toda a galeria, ilustrada com registros de excelente qualidade!
José Roberto

Hi Francisco!

Surprising picture... The composition with the bird on the upper left, the way the picture was taken and the quite good quality in spite of the car window and the crop, all this is surprising.

Well, I like surprising pictures! By the way: The title suits the composition with the bird on the upper left very well.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-09 6:48]
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Hello Fransisco,
Though the POV is not the best, the sharpness, lighting and colors with the blue sky BG make this a nice capture of the Southern Caracara with most of its features well seen. The fronzen wing poition is great too.
A car is a useful hide for taking bird pictures!
Thanks and kind regards,

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