I believe this is a Roadside Hawk (Rupomis magnirostris), or possibly one of its subspecies. They range from Mexico through Central America and throughout most of South America. I photographed my first one in Yucatan, Mexico a couple of years ago, and most recently this one in Colombia, South America. The one in Yucatan had more of a yellow beak, but the rest of the coloration was virtually the same as this Colombian cousin. Admittedly I am not a trained naturalist, so I could be wrong on the identification. If I am please let me know, and I will make every effort to correct this post. Click on individual images to enlarge for better viewing.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 Camera with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Super Telephoto Lens
Photographer’s note: I captured this image in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 full frame digital camera, and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super telephoto lens. It was shot handheld using existing natural light (no tripod or flash). Camera settings: 1/500s @ f/5.6, ISO 1600, FL 400mm. RAW file conversion and post edits completed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11).
* As a postscript: The camera pictured above is a Mark 3, and mine is a Mark 2 (its predecessor). The lens is exactly the same as mine, Canon’s stellar 400mm prime (non-zoom) lens which retails for $1,200 USD. That sounds expensive until you realize the next step up costs $10,000 to $20,000 USD. This camera/lens combination is unbeatable in my opinion. I would love to have the newer Mark 3 (with its improved fps and multi-point autofocus system), but I really can’t justify the upgrade. I’ve had my Mark 2 for 6 years now, and its served me very well. SFD
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler
Reporting from Quito, Ecuador