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White - Backed Vulture

White - Backed Vulture
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-02-24 7:16
Viewed: 629
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White - Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Critically Endangered

I have captured this picture of White - Backed Vulture at Kruger National Park (between Lower Sabie and Skukuza) during our staying at Pretorioukop Rest Camp. It was a cloudy and rainy day, light was very low, so I used bit flash light here to get rid of dark shadows. In Kruger you are not allowed to get out of the car. So it's always a challenging task to get perfect shot, sitting inside the car.

Like other Vulture, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly on carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over the savannah.

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GREAT shot Sri
very nice composition with super good sharpness and lovely naturel colours
very nice BG to
gr lou

Hello Srikumar,
Despite the bad weather you get a splendid image with such amazing sharp details. No sun...no harsh contrast.

Very nice capture and sharp details.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-02-25 1:58]


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-02-25 6:36]

Hello Srikumar,
Fantastic photo with a perfect use of flash light. Great sharpness. Beautiful blurred background. A photo with character.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-02-25 15:33]

Hi Srikumar,i haven't words another time,fantastic quality and magnificent pose too,typical of vultures,it's a new masterwork,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-02-26 19:09]

Hi Srikumar
Not a beautiful bird, but quite useful and necessary.
Great presentation.


Ciao Srikumar, great capture of superb volture in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Srikumar,

THe bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the White - Backed Vulture. The sharpness is excellent. Have a nice day.


Hi Srikumar,
A photo with fantastic clarity, sharpness and composition. If you can make such photos from the car, please always use that back seat. :-) Lights became fantastic from the flash support, and the whole photo simply breathtaking. 10 out of 10 without doubt.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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