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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 5:47
Viewed: 4636
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Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To be or not to be Zoo pictures: that is NOT the question.
(See discussion Golden Eagle)

I am reading:

Ukraine: in territory of Crimea black vulture is die out

The flock of crows has attacked on the black vulture which has flown in Alushta. If people have not driven away crows the rare bird - in the past the lord of the Crimean sky - would be lost.

Experts of local arboretum where have delivered the black vulture, ascertained an extreme exhaustion of a bird. Therefore, ornithologists speak, it and could not beat off from crows. Black vulture in territory of Ukraine live only in mountain Crimea. They are put down in the Red book in section of the species which are being under threat of disappearance. Twenty years ago their population was totaled 50-60 individuals. In this year ornithologists have found out in the Crimean natural reserve only two jacks of black vulture. And on feeding up have counted only seven birds.

The black vulture, being hospital attendants of the nature, eat carrion. In connection with that poachers for last years have exterminated the most part of fauna in woods of peninsula, these birds "have been moved on a starvation rations".

Source: Black Vulture (Russian)

My country cannot feed now also 14 million pensioners and 6000 professors.

I am reading further:

"The underlying theme of TrekNature is learning more about the world through nature photography."
"Photos of zoo animals should be noted as taken in a zoo, and accompanied by an explanatory note. Photos without an explanatory note may be removed with notice."

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Everyone who visits a zoo, carries away images of fine animals in his memory. The photography copes with this problem much better. The more we will be surrounded with photos of these animals, the easier to rescue the nature from destruction.

Shot is taken in Odessa Zoo.

About Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) see:
Cinereous Vulture
Eurasian Black Vulture
Black Vulture (Russian)
Black Vulture (Russian)
Aegypius monachus (Russian)

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A beautifull detailed close portrait lovely soft background very nice light congrats Alexei TFS rgds Necip.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2007-01-02 6:05]

Hi Alexei
Excellent shot !
Nice details thanks for good note!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-02 6:52]

Priviet Alex!

Fantastic note. I was on Crimea and didn't know that I can meet vulture! Very sad and true note my friend. Photo is just superb. I love this POV with really lordly and proud look of this bird. Most people don't like vultures. Not me. I think this is beautifull bird. Thanks for this very interesting post!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-02 8:01]

Hi Alex,
What a majestic expression your vulture has! Perfect portrait of this scarce bird. Colours, sharpness, composition are just perfect. A great shot indeed.
Beat regards and a Happy new year

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-02 8:48]

Hi Alexei,
This is a great portrait!! Excellent pose, lighting, gesture, details and background. Colours are beautiful.
TFs, José M.

Hello Alexei,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, excllent work

TFS Kyle

bonjour alex
l'oiseau est moins beau et magestueux que le precedent,mais le cliché est lui de la meme qualité!EXTRA.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-02 9:48]

Hello Alexei,
This is a really brilliant razor sharp profile of this Vulture showing fantastic details of eye, beak, fluff and feathers!
Excellent colours and background too.
TFS and best wishes and thank you for your note too!

Congrats Alexei,
Quite familiar to me this guy..
But it is has to be said that your portrait is technically very well done as you managed to determine the appropriate depth of field precisely.
What is amazing is that you had a lot of light here; I mean using such a great combination of aperture/shutter speed. Impossible during an ordinary winter day for my poor sensor to deliver such stuff.
Congrats...happy you did the job so well!

Hello Alexei.
Great choice of title, I think it fits the birds high-collared plumage well :)
Excellent in every way, no nits to pick here.
A favorite,
Very well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-02 11:51]

Hello Alexei,
Wow ! Impressive and smart portrait, completed by an interesting note about zoo and vulture...
The +++ : subject, expression, sharpness, DOF, OOF background, exposure, colors, POV, composition...
The - : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-02 12:30]

Hi Alexei.
Excellent portrait.Perfect details plumage on head hereof bird yet better excel against softly tone OOF BG-great work.Colours together with light are amazing.
My admiration for and thank you for sharing hereof splendid picture and anyway also very interesting and instructive notes.
Best greetings Milos

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-02 12:57]

piekna ostrosc zdjecia poraza, bardzo dobre, gratuluje i pozdrawiam, no i notatka daje do myslenia

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-02 13:54]

This is just stunning, wonderful portrait. The OOF BG frames the head perfectly. Sharp details and great light. Wonderful



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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-02 14:40]

Hi Alexei

Great portrait shot, superb composition and a fabulous pose and POV, the details are just perfection you can see the lovely softness of the feathers and I like the catchlight in the eye, great colours too with a really nice green blurry BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-02 15:08]

Perfect depth and focus, besides the captured point of view Alexei.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, lighting, sharpness, background, colors, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to quarrel.

Amazing close up my friend with impeccable background.
Happy 2007!!!

Hi Alexei,
that's impressive - so close - so sharp, very well done, thanks.
I wish you a Happy New Year, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-01-02 16:14]

Hello Alexei !
I have seen these vultures this autumn, in a zoo, they are really impressive, and so beautiful ! So sad to read that they are threatened - like so many other animals... But I really like your picture. Wonderful sharp details, beautiful colors, excelent pose of the bird, splendid blurred BG which makes the head stand out nicely. Very well done !

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-02 17:11]

Wow! Gorgeous!!
Excellent shot and excellent prey! A perfect portrait of Black vulture. It even looks handsome!
Superb job, my friend.
Thank you very much for sharing and for the valuable information.

You always have wonderful photos to share. Thank you.
This is also a great composition.
Very well presented,& I love your notes too.
Best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-02 23:20]

Hello Alexei

Not a beautiful bird...but a beautiful portrait.The POV and DOF are excellent.The details are razor sharp.The plumage shows in fine detail.The colours are well saturated.Very good eye contact,and detail.You have made an unattractive bird a beautiful image.TFS


Hi Alexei,
Excellent potrait. Superb sharpness, very nice details, and very neat blurry BG.
Perfectly done!

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-03 3:08]

I love this close-up of this rare bird, Alexei.
Thank you for showing us such a beautiful shot of this vulture that most of us would never get a chance to see otherwise.
Excellent POV with sharp details and perfect exposure.
TFS. : )

Hello Alexei,
An excellent portrait, with this attractive soft-crisp look!
Well framed, good light and superb details!
Pablo -

Hi Alexei,
A wonderful close portrait of this magnificent bird. You captured stunning details with a perfect DOF. Great colors and a perfect composition.

Quel oeil !
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-03 5:42]

Hi Alexei

The discussion here is probably an endless one. Just like i've told Annick, the situation with the zoo from my town is horrible and i would have difficulties taking a decent shot of a horse :p
I think in the end it's all about what one likes to take photos of: some like to explore all the animals from the wild and maybe even take some landscapes, wjile some love to take photos of animals that they can only find in zoos or nature parks. No big deal :)

Anyway, this vulture portrait is magnificent!
The level of details here is impressive, the exposure is really well managed here and the natural colors are a blast! Also teh POV is excellent, the DOF is impeccable and it work great in isolating the subject from that lovely BG.
Wonderfully composed, as well!

Cheers and Happy 2007, my friend!

Impresionante retrato. Muy buenos detalles, buenos POV y DOF.
Muchos saludos, JL.

une petite merveille cet oiseau ( rare) je n' avais jamais vu ce genre!!
bon capture, félicitations a toi et merci

Hello Alexei,
Those notes are really interesting. I noticed that here, I often see crows attacking Turkey Vultures. I took a picture of it when it was happening in the sky over my house. Unfortunately the picture is not very good and I didn't publish it on TN but it was very impressive to see with this army of crows chasing this poor bird...

This is a very sophisticated portrait of this vulture. Everything is perfect about it. Details, POV, composition, color, sharpness, DOF and the BG is awesome! This is really well done with excellent notes. Thanks,

Hola Alexei,
Espectaculares los retratos que presentas de gran calidad, excelentes detalles con gran nitidez y texturas. Un cordial saludo

Hello Alexei,
very impressing portrait of that vulture!
A moving monumental character in turbulent times.
You are showing the different qualities of surface from shiningly hard beak to fluffy feathers in a magnificent way.
An excellent image!
I very much agree with you about the merits of modern zoos for preserving endangered species, and for making people aware of the treasures of nature. Making us aware of the treasures of life is also main goal of nature photography, wherever the pictures are taken.
Congratulations, my friend, and thank you for this very appealing contribution!
Best regards,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-03 12:34]

I love it Alexei,
I had made als a shot of this beauty. the pov is great, the dof is very good, for the photoshop I think it can use a little more contrast, but thats personal, very good job. Happy new year for you and your family.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-03 13:28]

Hello Alex , Fantastic shot you came realy great capture from this beauty Vulture ,the details and the colors are amezing very good ,thanks Best Wishes ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-03 14:07]

good portrait..strange about those crows...when you get a few together its murder

superbe photo,quelle oeil,quel bec,quelle colorette,il est superbe. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Alexei,
A superb portrait on this Black Vulture. Amazingly beautiful soft light, a spot on exposure, and perfect focus. This adds up to perfection. Great colors and detail in the plumage. Perfect OOF backround of greens compliment the vulture so well. Great catch light in the eye. Extremely well done!

Hi Alexei,
A splendid profile of Black Vulture. Crisp clear and details to appreciate. POV, DOF, exposure are on the spot. With all best wishes,

hi alexei,
lovely portrait shot,
well composed,
nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-04 10:58]

Hi Alexei,
Great capture of this bird.
Nice soft blurry BG.
The POV and details are superb.
Well done

Hi dear Alexei ,
excellent focus and sharpness.
nice BG and color.
very well done.
thanks for sharing my good friend.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-04 13:26]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful capture. Superb colour and sharpness. The DOF, POV and the BG is perfectly done. The note adds to the nicely done composition.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-05 4:10]

Magníficos detalles y nitidez, buena iluminación... un retrato perfecto... saludos Alexei. TP

Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture here.
Nice and clear pin sharp details.
POV and DOF are superb.
Great job.

Salut Alexei
Je crois que ce portrait est de toute beauté avec une belle présentation et les détails et les couleurs sont vraiment réussis..
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-06 16:45]

Privet Alexei,
Wonderful portrait of vulture.I liked POV,BG,details and especially expression on face a lot.Have a great weekend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-06 17:18]

Hello Alexei,
Good portrait of the Black Vulture. And thank you for the detailed notes.
Wish you'll have a chance to see them in wild one day.
I have uploaded a flying black vulture a day after yours;

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-07 10:35]

Hello Alexei,
very well captured, sharpness and details are just superp. Great Portrait with excellent colors.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-08 12:21]

Hello Alexei,

You said "Everyone who visits a zoo, carries away images of fine animals in his memory. The photography copes with this problem much better. The more we will be surrounded with photos of these animals, the easier to rescue the nature from destruction."

I agree so much with your so wise words! I'm very happy that you took the time to take that so nice picture and put it here on TN! Details of the feathers are awesome! And the bg enhances so well the bird! I really hope that this vulture as so many endangered birds will be rescue from disparition!!!

Thank you very much for posting that picture!


Hello Alexei,
an impressive picture of this vulture, with details in the pens, focus and definition of first level. Very interesting, useful and completes note.
Excellent work.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-09 15:07]

hello Alexei
woow here is wonderful portrait photo and successful using of lens and filter. composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, sharpness, details and note are great

Hi, Alexei.
Very good portrait. Awful monsters like they are, this one looks even cute. Good exposure, composition and sharpness. Nice light and BG also. Good work.

Hello Alex,
Superb portrait! The details are perfect and birds plumage looks very natural. Exposure is spot on as well.
Great job!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-11 17:49]

Hi Alex!
He reallly does look like royalty, so pround, I have no coment on the photo it's perfect :)

Hi Alexei!

Nice shot, well composed, nice pov, good dof,
well done!

Hi Alexei

Stunning shot. DoF is spot on isolating the head perfectly from the BG, A faultless shot. Congrats! :-)

Hello Alexei!
This Black Vulture looks really like a lord, or even as a king! ;>
Very nice portrait with very good details, POV and saturation.
I like also the note - very interesting and informative :)
Best greetings my Friend!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-28 7:41]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent portrait of a black vulture. It's technically perfect. So are the composition and point of view... Very informative and passionate note.
Best wishes,

Majestic bird in a majestic pose.

Excelent close up Alex.I like the glimt in the eyes of this creature. Nice cotnrast between subject and background.

Wow, now this shot is stunning. Perfect in every aspect. Great sharpness and details, great pose, and wonderful framing. DOF is awesome, the creamy background is outstanding and the colors natural. Great shot.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-06 19:25]

Hi Alex,
this is shot is really another splendid presentation from you, and special image of this vulture.
The sharpess is so great and the beak is so powerful.
Well shown in great details.
Excellent lighting too, thus giving a captivating photo.


Hallo Alexi,
a fantastic portrait of the Black Vulture, impressive details and marvellous colours,
a very nice close composition with a great visual impact
Best regards

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