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Posted by Gene Gwin on Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:11 pm

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Photo taken at Laguna Seca Ranch in South Texas January 28, 2019.

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by Ron Day on Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:18 am
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Amazing flight shot, Gene. Great action and detail. What is the significance of their locked talons? Very cool behavior!
 

by himadri roy on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:14 am
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Very unique action photo.
 

by Gene Gwin on Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:54 am
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Ron Day wrote:
Amazing flight shot, Gene. Great action and detail. What is the significance of their locked talons? Very cool behavior!


Ron,
I don't think there's any real significance to locking talons, except that it's something that they can get a good grip on.  Sometimes, they will lock talons pretty high up and spiral down until just before hitting the ground.  It seems that all the Raptors do this, not just Caracaras.
 

by david fletcher on Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:27 pm
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Fabulous action Gene!
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by Ron Day on Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:57 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Ron Day wrote:
Amazing flight shot, Gene. Great action and detail. What is the significance of their locked talons? Very cool behavior!


Ron,
I don't think there's any real significance to locking talons, except that it's something that they can get a good grip on.  Sometimes, they will lock talons pretty high up and spiral down until just before hitting the ground.  It seems that all the Raptors do this, not just Caracaras.

Yes, I've seen the behavior with eagles also. I thought you may have witnessed something that may have triggered the event.
 

by Paul Rossi on Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:40 pm
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Great interaction image. That juvie really hooked on to both feet.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:27 pm
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Terrific action shot-I've never seen this behavior.
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by Gene Gwin on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:06 pm
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Paul Rossi wrote:
Great interaction image.  That juvie really hooked on to both feet.

Paul, If you click on the image, the detail is better and if you look at the juvenile, you'll notice that the beak is a bluish color.  The bluish color indicates that the juvenile is very mad.  In that case, even an adult will give leeway to a juvenile.   
 

by Mako_Elite on Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:04 pm
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Nice action shot Gene! I have seen this with Bald Eagles spiraling down with locked talons only to let go just above the ground.

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by Karl Egressy on Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:22 pm
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very nice action shot. Is the attacking one a juvi?
 

by Gene Gwin on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:09 pm
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Karl Egressy wrote:
very nice action shot. Is the attacking one a juvi?


Karl,
Yes he is.  It's certainly not typical.
 

by OntPhoto on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm
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Love this shot. Nicely photographed.
 

by Jan Wegener on Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:19 am
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spectacular action Gene!
 

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