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Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal Portraits II, Best wildlife shots, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-30 12:20
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Portrait of the Crested Caracara. No flash was used here as I wanted a strong side profile on the bird without illuminating the other side. This may not be to everyones liking but its just the effect I wanted. Tomorrow Il post the full bird.

The Crested Caracara, otherwise known as the Southern Caracara, Common Caracara and sometimes Mexican Eagle, can be found in central and southern Florida, southern Texas, southern Arizona south to Tierra del Fuego, Cuba, Isle of Pines and the Falkland Islands.

It prefers open or semi-open country, either arid or well watered. Although it is usually seen at low elevations, in the Andes it has been seen at up to 8,000 or 9,000 feet.

In North America it is strictly tropical or sub-tropical, but frequents colder areas in the southern continent.

The caracara will eat all sorts of animal matter, all classes of vertebrates, insects and worms. It exists both as a scavenger and as a predator. It carries food in the bill, sometimes in the feet; and has been known to harry other birds up to the size of a buzzard until the latter drops its food.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 180/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-03-20 15:39
Metering Mode: Pattern

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-30 12:23]

I have this one also in my colection Stephen,
but this one is perfect made everything is good, the composition, the details the light, what I have to say to you is "this one is perfect", good job.
gr. Jaap

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-30 12:35]

Very good one, indeed.
Sweet portrait with sharp details, and an effective framing.
There is a very good National Geographic on these birds.
TFS, Stephen.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-30 12:36]

Alors celui ci il est trop drôle ! Quel portrait original et beau.
Funny and beautiful !

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-03-30 12:46]

Good catch Stephen!
The black BG is not very good IMHO,it takes the good black colors of the bird.
The light is great and unique but it's too bad that only one half of the bird's face is lighten up, you sould have used fill flash to light the dark part.
The picture is very sharp and clear I have to say.
The POV is intresting and strange (for a good way), but it's very disterbing my eye that is my opinion.
The catch is great!


Hi Stephen, I quite like the way one side of the head is in shadow, the exposure, DoF and detail are very good. I was photographing some of these at my local bird of prey centre the other day, maybe I'll post one later in the week.

Amazing portrait shot Stephen,
The light side, the shadowed side, and excellent detail are superb.
Great composition. You must be very pleased you visited this park.
Thanks for posting

WOW.. this is beautifull.. It looks like it was taken in a studio ;) The details, the expression. Everything is perfect !!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-30 13:20]

You have succeeded in creating a very stark portrait of this caracara. Definitely would not want to mess with him. Very stern composure. Very sharp details in the front. Great light. TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-30 14:37]

Yep, what a beauty and well done on this closeup. Excelent work.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-30 15:45]

Hi Stephen, very moody lighting. Lovely details and I like the composition, very nice job.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-30 17:52]

Fantastic image & great composition, i like the colours,light & sharpness. Nice point of view and dof, you did a great work Stephen,


Stephen, I like this portrait very much. Great detail, and I like the stronger light on the one side. A diffrent, and intresting POV.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-30 22:07]

Bravo pour la mise au point et l'éclairage. Le BG est aussi parfait et fait ressortir tout les détails.

Merci pour l'envoi.

Runnin' Late..I looked ;-)

This works well Stephen. Awesome portrait. Good POV and detail. Nice work. Look forward to the post of the full bird.

Hi Stephen!
Next perfect portrait! I would like to add something but I have nothing.

Very nice portrait, good sharpness and framing.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-31 4:24]

Superb, arty portrait. I love two things most - black BG and half of his face in the shadows - looks excellent.

How distinctive and classy this strong and dominant composition is. The technical aspect is superior and so is the chosen subject.
I doubt I will like the full bird image as much as I enjoyed this bust portrait.
Wonderfull animals these caracaras, I can only hope to see them in my upcomming Patagonian trip.

Nice photo, great shot!!!

Great shot!
This is really beautiful portrait of this nice bird. I think your idea for this shot was very good.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-31 11:08]

Stephen, I have the feeling the bird is very sad.

A very nice shot. As for the intention you mentioned on your note, it was well held.

I like the mixture of dark and light shades.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-31 22:08]

Good side profile, mystic look.Great composition&pov.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-01 3:33]

Composition is exellent with the light coming from one side. In NL that's called "strijklicht" but I don't know what the proper word is in English. Very well done. Good details, POV & DOF. TFS!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-05 4:31]

so serious look have this bird! very good portrait. with great details and good colours!

Love the colour, the light is just subdued enough, I love the look in the eye and I love the crop. Looks like this place is a pretty nice zoo.


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