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Dec 04, 2011 08:02 |  #1

Not the greatest shot, but I was trying out my new 7D and took this one of two large birds on the roof of a nearby building. With some more practice I hope to get some shots with better focus.. Taken with 7D with EF 200mm f/2.8L + 1.4x, hand held.


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Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil. Taken yesterday on a heavily overcast day
We know nothing about birds: local bets are hawks, vultures, eagles...

Can some one help with ID?

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Dec 04, 2011 08:04 |  #2

Look like a species of caracara to me. Google that and you should easily get which species.

[edit] had a quick look and I would say immature crested caracaras.




  
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Dec 04, 2011 08:26 |  #3

Thanks Sandpiper.

I goggled it too and I am pretty sure that they are Southern crested caracaras. They have the white wing tip feathers. What distinguishes the adults from immature? Size? These guys are big. color? ??But I don't think don't look immature to my untrained eye.


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Dec 04, 2011 08:36 |  #4

Narwhal wrote in post #13492466 (external link)
Thanks Sanpiper.

I goggled it too and I am pretty sure that they are Southern crested caracaras. They have the white wing tip feathers. What distinguishes the adults from immature? Size? These guys are big. color? ??But I don't think don't look immature to my untrained eye.

I was just going by the white on the neck and chest doesn't look as full as on the images I was looking at, there is more brown. That is often the sign of an immature bird still to fully develop adult colouration (or seasonal variation in adults). Size is not necessarily an indicator as immature birds can be as big as an adult.

I'm not an expert on caracara colouring though, as they are not a bird I see over here. I just know enough about them to see one and go "that's a caracara" because they have a distinctive family look to them.




  
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Dec 04, 2011 08:45 |  #5

Upon looking at the photos more closely I can see that the feathers on the head and neck seem to have a fuzzy, young look. As I said I will try to bet some better shots in the future. There should be plenty of opportunities since the view is from my apartment balcony. I just have to convince them come closer


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Dec 04, 2011 09:01 |  #6

Narwhal wrote in post #13492507 (external link)
Upon looking at the photos more closely I can see that the feathers on the head and neck seem to have a fuzzy, young look. As I said I will try to bet some better shots in the future. There should be plenty of opportunities since the view is from my apartment balcony. I just have to convince them come closer

Make sure that you post them on here when you get the better shots. At least you now know what you are photographing. :D




  
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Dec 10, 2011 12:06 |  #7

Here is a shot of a Caracara from our neck of the woods in Florida. I often see them in small groups at the wetlands.

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Dec 10, 2011 16:56 |  #8

Time to track them down and take some more photos :)
Would love to see some in-flight shots :D


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