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Old Mar 8, 2008, 9:40 PM   #1
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This caracara was part of a rescued/disabled raptor display at afestival for America's first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island at St. Sebastian by the Sea, Florida.

It is obviously a striking bird!

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Old Mar 8, 2008, 10:06 PM   #2
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Fantastic resultsfrom the 50-200mm lens, especially at 200mm! Very sharp and nice vibrant colors.The exposure is perfect and the bokeh is A1! I can't say that I have obtained this level of quality from my 50-200mm. Very nice!

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Old Mar 8, 2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jay. I can usually count on the da 50-200, I just wish it had more reach. In a crowd like this afternoon, it's a no brainer cause it's so small and light.

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Dennis,

These are fabulous looking birds, and you really got a nice shot. I have only seen a juvenile in the wild, but still looking for an adult.

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I think the shot is quite a bit better than "not too bad"!

. . . and the subject is spectacular -- wish we had them around here.

Nicely done!

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Dennis,Everything is nice about that picture.

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Beautiful shot of a spectacular bird. Is it native to North America?

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Yes it is native to north america, It is a vulture like bird, often seen with vultures. It is also the national bird of Mexico
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Thanks for all the kind words. Caracara are sometimes called Mexican Eagles, even though they are in the falcon family.

Terry, there are a few out at the Viera Wetlands.

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Nice sharp shot. There are a few crested caracara here on the south end of the Lake Wales ridge. I tried some shots on the one example I have seen but it was backlit and really too far away for my little 300mm zoom. Beautiful bird, I will have to get out and try again sometime.

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