Oct 22, 2009

Yellow-headed Caracara

The Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago Chimachima) it's a commonly seen raptor in the Pantanal. It's smaller than the Northern Caracara, but has the same behavior - flies above searching for carrion. They feed also on reptiles, amphibians or bugs ... like my subject did.

The location was the Pousada Ararauna - an excellent place to photograph birds. You are surrounded there by a great variety of birds and don't need to walk too much to find some bird activity. You can enjoy the sight from the observation tower (only 5 minutes walk from the pousada) or you can do some boat trips.

Unfortunately the weather was far from perfect. Excepting the first one, I took the the other pictures on the same cloudy morning, when I photographed the American Kestrel.

Please feel free to click on the pictures to see the bigger version in a new form. Many thanks to Bela for the help!


  1. Szep sorozat, tetszik az elso meg az utolso nagyon,..., gondolom ugyan azon a helyen keszultek mivel a kertlabak hasonloak,..., de lehet tevedek, kapasod volt :)

  2. Hi Andor,

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    The "I and the Bird" (http://10000birds.com/iandthebird) blog carnival is all about birds. Your submission can be any post on any of your blogs but on the subject of birds. The submission need not be the latest, however it would be nice if its not too old as well.

    Pl. send me (email - suresh_anand@hotmail.com) the link to your submission. Pl. also indicate the city and country where you live in your reply.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Have a wonderful weekend...Thomas

  3. Hi Andor,
    Well despite the bad weather you did it well man! These shots are all fantastic! They are sharp, with a beautiful background and still with some nice light!
    I've to say that my favorite in the number 5, its attitude on this shot is so gorgeous!

  4. @szabi - igen, a hely ugyaznaz, kiveve az elso kepet, amely teljesen mashol keszult. Az american kestrel sorozat is pont ugyanazon heleyn keszult.

    @chris - I needed to apply a noise reduction, because the background was very noise. The light was so bad, that I used ISO 400 or 500, 1/100 s and f5.6 (500mm lens with 1,4x TC). My camera made very noisy shots @ ISO 400 or above.

  5. Amazing shots Andor I didnt know there is more than one caracara Great !!

  6. Hi there,
    To answer the question you asked on my blog : I made the picture using a very normal lenze, nothing special, nor spectacular :-)
    Thanks for visiting by the way!
    Greetz from Belgium

  7. @philip - actually me neither. After making this set I made some research to identify exactly this bird. I thought it's a kind of falcon.

    @ann - thank you for the answer. I see, I thought it was a T&S lens.

  8. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.
    I didn't know anything about this bird.
    The first picture is perfect:it's difficult to take a picture like this.