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Red legged Seriema

Red legged Seriema
: Eduardo Balogh (Ketaka) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 5 N: 124] (1159)
: Animals
: 2008-03-05
: Birds
: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 ED f4.5-5-6, SanDisk Extreme III
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160
: Budapest ZOO Animals [view contributor(s)]
: 2008-03-15 3:25
: 4478
: 12
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The Red-legged Seriema or Crested Cariama (Cariama cristata) is a terrestrial, mostly predatory bird in the seriema family.

It is 75 to 90 cm (30 to 36 in) long, with a fairly long neck, tail, and legs. The plumage is medium brown above with black markings; pale brown on the head, neck, and breast; and white on the belly. The tail has a black band near the tip and a white tip. The beak and legs are red, and the eyes are yellow. Soft feathers emerge from the base of the bill to form a fan-shaped crest (Holyoak and Heinsohn 2003).

The Red-legged Seriema inhabits grasslands from Brazil south of the Amazon to Uruguay and northern Argentina. This range is estimated at 5.9 million km (BirdLife International 2004).

It is usually seen singly or in pairs, but sometimes in groups up to four, apparently families. It typically walks on the ground and can easily run faster than a human in its habitat. It will flee a car on foot at speeds up to 25 km/h (15 mi/hr) before flying (Redford and Peters 1986).

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Hi Eduardo Balogh

Good work.Lighting, composition and detail are excellent.

Hola Eduardo.
Fantstico retrato con muy buenos detalles y magnfico encuadre.
Un saludo cordial, JL.

If ony you had the full crest, just a few cms waay from perfection.


A striking image of this unusual bird.
The flash is almost a bit bright in places and it would have been good to include the whole crest,but this is still a great shgot.
Well done.

Hi Eduardo

Love the colours. Nice crop against a great background. :-)

Hello Eduardo.

Excellent macro, very good details.

JOse Luis.

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