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Time to fly
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil, Flying images, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-03 9:11
Viewed: 5097
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Polyborus
Species: plancus

With a strikingly interesting appearance, it is no wonder that the Crested Caracara is Mexico's national bird. These animals are quite resourceful, and when finding food will cleverly take full advantage of every opportunity afforded them.

In the wild, Crested Caracaras inhabit open brush lands. They can hunt insects and small animals. They feed mostly on carrion. Sometimes, the Caracara will visit carrion only for the potential to uncover insects in the carcass. Crested Caracaras will also harass other birds, even those as big as buzzards, until they drop their food for the Caracara. Their long talons aid the Crested Caracara in scratching the ground to unearth insects. Their long legs allow them to wade in search of frogs. These birds will also eat sick young livestock, turtle eggs, fish and even small turtles. Crested Caracaras make different sounds for alarm (shrieking), protest (repeated clucking sounds), and mating (repeated clicks ended by a drawn out trilling noise). During mating season, male Crested Caracaras will fight each other for females in mid-flight.

(Source: www.centralpets.com/animals/birds/raptors/rpt3037.html)

Mode: manual
ISO: 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-03 9:59]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful capture.Colors,POV,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Very nice frozen action shot Livio. The colours on the bird look very good and the dof is good showing plenty of the beautiful details in the plumage. Nice handling of the light not to burn the white areas.

How nice it must be having such beautifull birds of prey flying ariund in your area. Interesting note about the birds behaviour too.

Livio Soares de Medeiros ,
Very nice capture, colours&shrpness.No
Doubt excellent.

Stunning image ! Just the perfect flight shot.
For some reason, we who write from left to right seem to find picture where the motion is left to right more dynamic. For the sheer fun of it, I posted a workshop to let you appreciate wether that's right or wrong... or better left alone ;°)

Hi Livio!
This is a Wonderful ! The cadre and datails are very well
Very Well done . Thanks

A very good inflight capture Livio, nice to have such a nice bird around you, though I can imagine that some farmers are not happy about it talking live stock even if its only the weak and sick. TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-03 12:40]

fantastic Livio,
great capture, the pov is fantastic, the contrast againt the blue sky is great, very good job, I like it a lot.
gr. Jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-03 14:05]

Wow, Livio. Perfect. Excellent timing - pose is great. Bird looks beautifull soaring in air. Simply and clear composition, sharp, detailed. Great.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-03 14:20]

Great picture Livio. The composition is perfect and the colors are great. Good details aswell. TFS!


Very good image Livio! A classic example also that the rule of thirds works very well on photos; a great composition in the image. I like the richness in colour on the Caracara as well. TFS, Mike

Fantastic shot Livio, stunning detail, excellent sharpness and colours. Great POV and composition.
Thanks for posting.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-03 15:14]

Lovely action shot Livio, perfectly captured.
I wish we had cloudless skies sometimes, very rare in England. Good colours and feather details and excellent note.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-03 16:02]

Hi Livio
Fantastic capture. It really is a beautiful bird. The details are splendid. I like the assymetry of the wings.
Regards Toni

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-03 19:59]

One of my favorite birds... and in flight! I love this one, Livio. Fantastic action shot: sharp details, great POV, perfect light, wonderful composition. It is all there. TFS. : )

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-03 20:30]

Fantastic composition and great capture of caracara! I like the softness on the wing tips. The bird looks majestic. TFS! Michal

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-10-03 20:39]

Like those above» : Fantastic.
A great work. This is quite a nice capture. Congratulations, Livio.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-03 21:16]

Hi Livio,
You caught this one very well!
The details is amazing, very good timing and colour.
Well done!

Hi Livio,
WOW! excellent in flight capture. Perfect detail, you have stopped him perfectly. The colors in this bird are very beautiful. Nice Work!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-04 0:27]

Livio, this is the best of your last 3 flights. What is the next one gonna be like then????
Excellent capture, he is so sharp and clear to see. IN fact I think he looks more like a painting. Wonderful composition, well shown...

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-10-04 1:01]

Composição (A inversão horizontal sairia do Ponto de Ouro!!!) acho que está perfeita!
Muito bom trabalho inclusive as notas!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-04 7:21]

Superbe Livio, l'exposition et la netteté sont excellent.

Félicitations pour le bel éclairage et les détails dans le plumage de l'oiseau.

Merci pour l'envoie.

Very good capture of a great bird. Well done.


Hi Livio. I have seen caracara here in Florida, but never on the wing. This is an awesome shot! The colour, composition and clarity are fantastic!

These birds are really fierce. I saw one chase a bald eagle off a carcass once!

Hi Livio,
I've been unable to participate on TN for the past couple of weeks. I've had a look through your posts that I've missed and decided to critique this one (Unfortunately I can't do them all).
This is one of the best in flight shots I've seen on TN, you're gettin gsome great results with the new camera. I got a 20D 2 weeks ago, but have only been able to use it once so far.
Great capture, thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

nice capture, TFS Ori

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