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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, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-12 13:32
Viewed: 5903
Points: 62
[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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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-12 13:36]

fantastic shot Livio,
great moment from taking the shot, the composition is nice and you have a good pov and a good colours and yes I like the good job,
gr. jaap

Hi Livio:
Wow, another awesome Caracara! The fluttering feathers look great, and the colour and composition are very good.
You were very fortunate to be in the right place to get this photo.
Well done!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-12 14:03]

Wauuuuuu :o)
excellent shot
perfect timeng,sharp,colors!!!
Welldone :o)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-12 14:13]

Hi Livios,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


Beautiful shot of the Caracara. I have been trying to get a decent shot of one here in Texas for years! Very well done. I like the fact that although the bird is leaning forward and moving its wings, the head and feet are sharp. Nice.

BTW - the Crested Caracara, while interesting, is NOT the national bird of Mexico. This is a very commonly held belief which is incorrect. The national bird of Mexico is the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-10-12 14:44]

Hi Livio, you have done a magnificant job again! Nice picture, the exposure is superb, the pose is real nice and the sharpness is good aswell

Thanx for sharing



Hola Livio,
that is a very majestic, wonderful moment of this shot. I like the blue background. Exellent shot good work.

BR Martina

Hello Livio!
What a wonderful pose! I love this "ready-to-fly" shot. Amazing bird.

This is a fantastic shot! I like everything about it. The composition is very good and the sharp details are amazing.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-12 17:02]

Beautiful photograph and this timing!! is caught net for its flight splendidly. Nicely of colour also. Groetjes Lia

Impressive pose from this lovely bird, Livio. I love the pose. Technically no nits. One could also consider to crop this in portrait. Very well done.

Very nice Livio. What a great pose you have so well captured. Thank You.

Hello Livio,

A wonderful moment that you have captured here.

I think perhaps you have caught the same bug as I have...catching birds in flight with wings splayed.

I have done a ws for something to do, hope you don't mind.

Thank you for sharing this great photo with us.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-10-12 21:51]
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olá livios.
Fantastico controle de luz e sobras no falcão, vc fez a fotometria nele? A posição dele tb esta ótima com as asas abertas, bom DOF,POV.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-13 2:41]

Fantastic, Livio. I love the movement in this one. And one of my favorite birds at that. Great moment. The deployment of feathers in the wings is magnificent. Well done, my friend, and TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-13 3:19]

Livio, what a wonderful capture of the Crested Caracara in flight. Well timed, perfect result. colours and details and sharpness - just right. Good job...

Livio, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composite. Well done.

One of my favourite birds in the world!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-13 3:58]

Wow ! What a wonderful action ! The pose/movement of this bird taking of is great !!! Composition is simple and smart. Congratulations Livio and thanks for sharing here.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-13 4:35]

Time to go ;-) You are lucky Livio that many fantastic birds live near you! Very dynamic picture, blurred wing tips looks good for me. Bird looks great.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-13 5:44]

Livio bravo pour ce shot de l'oiseau pres à l'envol. Il y a beaucoup de mouvement dans cette photo. Mes félicitations Didier.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-13 6:10]

Good shot Livio. Very well composed! You pressed the button at the exact right moment. Well exposed and the colors are very natural. Well done & TFS!


Hi Livio,
Excellent timing to get this perfect stop action shot. The bird is frozen perfectly. The composition and framing are perfect to me. A great job getting such good detail and colors in a broad exposure range. Excellent notes and photograph.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-13 9:29]

Hello Livio!
Perfect shot.Moment you caught,colors,sharpness,POV,blue sky and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

What a great shot, Livio. Remarquable timing.
What can I say more? Congratulations.


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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-13 12:12]

É uma bela imagem de Carcará, parabéns.

Hi Livio

This is a great capture. You were certainly at the right place, at the right time. No nits here. Perfect. Thanks.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-10-13 13:50]

Most beautiful shot, perfectly captured.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-10-13 17:18]

Você mora ao lado de zoo?.... He... He...
Cada uma melhor que a outra!!!!
Muito bom. Instantâneo ótimo. Cores, nitidez, céu, tudo ótimo.

What a beauty, compo is excellent and you were at the right time & the right place, well done.

vc conseguiu congelar um momento bem especial, linda foto, parabens.

  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-29 16:39]

Superbe effet de mouvement sur cette image ou le flou tient sa bonne place sur les ailes.
J'aime bien bravo de nous faire profiter.
Amicalement Georges ;-)

Absolutely perfect Livio, this is an excellent shot of a caracara with a beautiful blue sky background. :)

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