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Crested Caracara in Flight with Fish

Image # 1D4_00149

Pacific Coast, near Jaco, Costa Rica


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/1250 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/Arca Swiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

This was taken at the same time and location as the Scarlet Macaw flight shot.  It's a little hard to see at the 'web-size' resolution used here but this Caracara is carrrying a fish in its claws, and you can just see the forked tail just below its feet.  On closer inspection of a higher resolution version of this image, the fish seems to be quite 'chewed up,' as if it was already more than half eaten.  I'm still not sure what the story was with that fish.