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Waiting II

Waiting II
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Copyright: Way Lim (waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-20 9:30
Viewed: 4002
Points: 18
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This was taken during sunset on a hazy day when the sunlight is not as strong. These two were just waiting for lions to finish and leave so they have their meal as well.

Vultures are scavenging birds, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found in every continent except Antarctica and in Oceania.

The most interesting story relating to vultures I ever heard of is when I was in Tibet. In Tibet, when a person die, the relatives will take the deceased up to the mountain and chop it up to pieces to feed the vultures, so the spirit of the death can soar high in the sky. True or not I donít really know, but I kind of like the idea. I just donít want to be the one doing the chopping. I would just leave it and the vultures can sure take care of it.

Vultures are classified into two groups: Old World vultures and New World vultures. The similarities between the two different groups are due to convergent evolution.

Old World vultures
Main article: Old World vulture
The Old World vultures found in Africa, Asia, and Europe belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards, and hawks. Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight.

New World vultures
The New World vultures and condors found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas are not closely related to the superficially similar Accipitridae, but belong in the family Cathartidae, which is quite close to the storks. Several species have a good sense of smell, unusual for raptors, and are able to smell the dead they focus upon from great heights.

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Good capture in beautiful light with a stunning composition. It's a bit soft, but that doesn't take away from it being a very good image! Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-20 10:53]

Wonderfull composition
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Very nice POV. A lot of warmth in the picture and just the right amount and tint of light.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-20 15:14]

Hola Way,
hermosa captura y detalles,
excelente trabajo y pov,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-21 1:23]

Hi Way,
Lovely capture!
Beautiful colors and nicely composed!

a lot fierce and hazardous than my spider, the vultures are finely depicted here during their closure time for the office hours (beginning to rest). Loved the composition...

"..,which is quite close to the storks..". I can believe they write such things. how a member of a monophyletic group can be affiliated with another.........

hello Way

superb shot of those vultures, ypu have an excellent luminosity
on the image, excellent excellent sharpness and details
and i love the POV, the vultures from back but with a view
on their heads by side, i also love the vertical framing, TFS


Hi Way, this is an excellent shot of two vultures sitting in the tree. You've pulled out great detail and the colour is so natural looking. Having them on the dead tree like this really adds something to their mystique.

As a sideline, there's an old poster out there that I would like to get my hands on someday. It shows a picture of two vultures sitting in a tree surveying an empty desert. One turns to the other and says, "Patience my ass, I'm going to kill something!" This shot reminded me of that poster.

Thanks, enjoyed, John

Very interesting composition Way. I like the warm light of the sunset.TFS

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