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Old Aug 3, 2010, 3:14 PM   #1
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The one bad thing about taking photos at the zoo is the poor lighting. They have lots of shade for the comfort of the animals and it provides a nice ambiance, it also makes it difficult to get good exposure. Next time I'll take my 540 flash for fill light.

Somebody told me this was a Falcon but, I'm fairly certain this is a Red Shoulder Hawk. If anyone can confirm that, I'd would appreciate it.


He was very vocal in regard to my taking his photo, seems he really didn't care for all the attention he was getting.


Notices how his eyes change color... from dark to blue...



Then to red!


In this shot, I thought the dark blue eyeball look a lot like a planet in outer-space.



I couldn't get the detail I would have liked but, here is a crop to show the how amazing the eyes are on these majestic birds.


He was very emphatic about whatever it was, that he was trying to tell me.
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Old Aug 3, 2010, 3:25 PM   #2
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Crested Caracara

The Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway), also known as the Northern caracara, is a bird of prey in the family Falconidae.
It was formerly considered conspecific with the Southern caracara and the extinct Guadalupe caracara.
As its relatives, the Crested caracara was formerly placed in the genus Polyborus.
Unlike the Falco falcons in the same family, the caracaras are not fast-flying aerial hunters,
but are rather sluggish and often scavengers.

The Crested caracara is a resident breeder in northern South America and most of Central America, just reaching the
southernmost parts of the United States, including Florida, where it is resident but listed as threatened.
South of the United States' border, it is a commonly seen large raptor.




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This one I'm posting just because its such a pretty bird. I couldn't get a decent shot of him for the life of me. Why they have these displays way below eye level is beyond me, tis is the best of the bunch.

West African crowned crane




The Kookaburra is a funny looking bird that has a human sounding laugh. He even looks like he always laughing.





Masked Lapwing,


Violet Plantain Eater


Scarlet Ibis
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A while back I posted a photo of a vulture and mentioned it had to be one of the ugliest bird ever. Well I stand corrected. THIS is the ugliest bird ever!


Although they are not related to vultures, Marabou storks share many of the same charming characteristics such as their bald often scabby head, their habit of defecating on
their own legs, and their appetite for eating carrion.


One more pretty one...
The American Flamingo


OK, 2 more. I think this guy is a little sunburned.
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Great series, John! Really like the first one the most. Many thanks. Ned
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Thank you, Ned.
yeah, he does look pretty intense, doesn't he.
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Nice series, GW. The Scarlet ibis is a wonderful bird, strong colour and flight like a butterfly. The Marabou, on the other hand...
Sorry, can't help you out on the falcon/hawk. But ask me anything about parrots...

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Quite a variety of birds and wonderful colors. The first one is my favorite.

Nice series GW!

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Enjoyable series John .... my favourite is the first one of the Red Shouldered Hawk, a very regal looking pose !
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Nice selection on the birds, GW. I seldom get close enough to a red shouldered hawk to incur ones ire, but you definitely succeeded on that score.

I love the posture of the caracara in its first shot....."Is there anything else I can get you?"

Your zoo has a nice bird collection.

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