National Pride

© Douglas Gould

National Pride

Uploaded: May 05, 2006


This was shot in an area north of Cabo San Lucas that seems to be the home of a large population of Cara Caras, the Mexican national bird. My partner Linda noticed two gorgeous specimens perched on a Cordon cactus. So I made a quick u-turn, crawled on my belly under a barbed wire fence, scratched my way through some prickly desert scrub, and found myself within a few yards of them without being noticed. I began shooting away and nailed the flight shot I'd been hoping for.
1/2000 @ 6.3 - ISO 400 - 400mm


Sylvia Rossler May 05, 2006

Beautiful shot of this caracaras Doug ! Very unusual shot and opportunity as they prefer to run rather than fly ! #440093

Gary G. Stewart May 05, 2006

Great photo. Any time you have to crawl on your belly around cactus you deserve to get a good shot. #2728741

Tarun Bose May 05, 2006

Great shot Doug. Excellent timing and lighting. Well done. #2728889

Gary Lange May 05, 2006

Wonderful image, Doug!! And nice going in getting it, it isn't easy. #2729054

May 05, 2006

Great job and beutiful composition. #2729513

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic May 05, 2006

WOW!!! What a great capture. #2729689

Janine Russell level-deluxe May 05, 2006

Doug, great detail, lighting and exposure. #2730061

Douglas Gould level-classic May 05, 2006

Thank you all very much. I was in another world when I was shooting these beauties. But I'm sure you guys know the feeling! #2730544

Jo Berry May 06, 2006

Absolutely fantastic!!! This must have been a real thrill..Congrats. #2732653

Donna J. Eaton June 18, 2006

Okay, now I'm jealous! What a great experience! I'm pretty sure I know what world you were in while shooting these guys! :-) Great job! #2910554

Greg Briley level-addict September 27, 2006

What a back yard you have there. I love this capture. I remember it so well on the POTD on your website. #3376648

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