Crested Caracara

Posted by Gene Gwin on Mon Sep 04, 2023 7:33 am

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Crested Caracaras photographed at the Laguna Seca Ranch in deep South Texas 23 March 2023.

Nikon Z9
Nikon 300m f/2.8
1/4000 sec
ISO 1250

There's two ways to determine a Caracara's age.  When their wing feathers are completely black (look closely and you can see some brown feathers on the bottom bird), and you can also tell by the color of their beak.  The top bird has an orange beak, and the bottom bird has a yellow beak.  When the yellow beak turns orange, they are fully mature.  A very young Caracara has a pink beak, and the feathers are light in color.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Mon Sep 04, 2023 9:18 am
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Great setting and interaction, Gene, I also like the partially cloudy sky. Thanks for the information on their plumage and colors.
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Sep 04, 2023 10:20 am
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So junior is getting put in its place by the adult bird! Fantastic capture of this interaction. Superb!

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by david fletcher on Mon Sep 04, 2023 1:08 pm
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Brilliant interaction and info Gene. TFS
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by peter makuch on Mon Sep 04, 2023 1:17 pm
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a superb nature shot, the older one always gets the spot, well taken GENE.

by Craig Lipski on Mon Sep 11, 2023 9:25 pm
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Oh man; I Love pretty much everything about this shot. Congrat's!
Good light,

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