30 November 2011

Chimango caracara, Tierra del Fuego NP

Yesterday I visited Tierra del Fuego National Park with a couple of new friends. We walked several trails, including a lovely 8 km walk along the coast through southern beech forest and across small, beautiful coves with pale shingle beaches, rocky headlands and short spongy grass cropped by Upland and Ashy-headed geese. At roughly the two-thirds mark, we stopped for a snack and a rest. Soon after we stopped, a pair of Chimango caracaras visited, presumably looking for handouts (we didn't oblige — apart from the park rules which say don't feed wildlife, the kind of food they're likely to get from humans is likely to be high in salt, which can harm many birds).

[28 November 2011, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 100–300 mm at 100 mm, ISO 100, 1/320 at f5]

All content © 2011 Pete McGregor


Relatively Retiring said...

Yet another truly wonderful portait.(Wish I could get my head that far round!)

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, RR.


Lesley said...

I'm smitten again by the detail in the feathers.

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, a strong wind ruffled the bird's feathers, and although this made photographing difficult — the wind kept buffeting me so I found it difficult to hold the camera steady even with image stabilisation — the feathers showed more texture as a consequence.