By Josh Saunders
Amusing pictures show cheeky caracaras turn into BIRD-GLARS as they try to pinch a photographer’s camera.
Elmar Weiss, 46, captured the amusing scene after encountering a couple of inquisitive falcons last month on Sea Lion Island in the Falklands.
He says the striated caracaras, one of the rarest birds of prey in the world, started pulling at his backpack and shoelaces before going for the camera.
The photographer from Hamburg, Germany, found the incident hilarious to watch as he snapped shots only a metre away from the wannabe ‘bird-glars’ in action.
But the troublesome twosome didn’t get away with the loot this time and took flight shortly after realising the camera was too heavy to carry.
Elmar, a dentist, said: “It was a privilege to be less than a metre away from these wild birds of prey.
“After I dropped my photo backpack and sat myself on the ground the two birds came nearer, they were curious about me and my backpack.
“The Caracaras were fascinated by the straps of my backpack, they picked and pulled on them, they were also pulling on my shoelaces.
“Next I placed my second DSLR on the ground, hoping to get a shot with the Caracara investigating my camera and yes, they did.
“Fortunately, the camera and the lens were too heavy for the birds to fly away with.
“One of them pulled so strong on the camera strap that the camera fell over.
“The Caracaras were a little frightened by the rolling camera and jumped back, after a while they lost interest.
“I didn’t expect it to happen, they were pulling so strong on the camera strap that the cam itself fell over.”
There is estimated to be 500 breeding pairs of Striated Caracaras in the Falkland Islands, which are known locally as Johnny Rooks.
Sea Lion Island is located in the South-east corner of the Falkland Islands and boasts other wildlife including Elephant Seals, Penguins and more.
To see more of Elmar’s work visit here.