Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crested caracara

Did you notice the bird sitting on the water trough in yesterday's photo? I knew I could count on Brattcat to notice it, as she often leaves perceptive comments about details in the photos, and for Jarart to have an eagle eye for birds.

Here is a closer view. It is a crested caracara, based on its black cap, reddish face, white neck transitioning to black feathers and yellow feet. It is a bird of prey, as its appearance shows, although it can also scavenge. It is comfortable on the ground, and this bird is obviously comfortable rather close to the ground.

I will try to get a closer and better photo. I took this from the road, with my zoom, in late afternoon low light on a cloudy day, without a tripod.

This week we are showing some more photos from our recent trip to Yosemite National Park on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

amazing bird, dave. thanks.

Sharon said...

Another interesting bird from Costa Rica. I saw so many beautiful birds when I was there.

Jarart said...

So glad you gave us this great close up of a bird that I have never seen in person. You did a fantastic job with no tripod! I am not that steady anymore.

Kate said...

I'd love to see more birds native to your area in your blog...broad enough hint? Had to laugh at your comment on my blog today. I thought the same thing, but courtesy prevented me from asking him about his job. I even wonderned if he was giving me the facts.

glenda said...

This looks to be a pretty large bird.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

a very big bird indeed

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