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turkey vulture

turkey vulture
Photo Information
Copyright: bruno lazzoni (cooper) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 46 W: 2 N: 38] (640)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-19 19:03
Viewed: 4075
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Turkey vulture Cathartes aura
Urubu à tête rouge


Identification Tips:
Length: 25 inches Wingspan: 72 inches
Sexes similar
Very large, broad-winged, soaring bird
Long and rounded tail
Longish, hooked bill
Rather short, thick legs
Holds wings in a dihedral angle while soaring and gliding
Spends most time soaring, infrequent flaps are slow and laborious
Small, unfeathered head
Plumage dark brown except for paler flight feathers, appearing black and gray
Immature like adult

Red head
Yellowish bill
Reddish legs

Gray head
Gray bill
Gray legs
Similar species:
The Black Vulture is also dark with an unfeathered head, but has a much differet shape in flight. It is short-winged, short-tailed, and intersperses glides on flat wings with quick, snappy wingbeats. Turkey Vultures lack the white patch at the wingtips and show contrast between paler flight feathers and darker coverts. Bald and Golden eagles are both superficially similar, but fly on flat wings, have feathered heads, and do not have contrastingly gray flight feathers. The Zone-tailed Hawk in the Southwest has a similar shape and flight style, but has a feathered head and white bands on a black tail.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2007-07-19 20:14]

Bonjour Bruno.
Je suis presque juste après toi sur la page d'ouverture.
On ne peut pas dire qu'il est beau de proche.
Par contre ta photo est excellente.
As-tu fait cette capture dans la nature ou dans un zoo...humm..75mm,çà doit être un zoo.Heureusement,car comment les voir de si proche.

Hier,je crois avoir pris 400+ photos de bihoreaux,ils sont vraiement coopératif à Coteau-du-Lac.Faudrait que tu viennes.Le meilleur temps est après 3 heures,questions de position du soleil.

Bonne soirée

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-19 20:57]

Hello Bruno

A wonderful portrait of this turkey vulture.The eye contact is excellent.The colours are well saturated.Very good exposure and detail in the dark plumage.I like the way you cropped and presented the bird.TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-19 23:15]

Hi Bruno, incredible portrait of this Turkey Vulture, and shot at 75 mm! Very well done. The bird is sharp with excellent lighting, colour and detail.

Thanks, John

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-20 4:43]

Hi Bruno,
This is such an ugly bird... but your photo is marvelous. I love the details we see in the face and the excellent sharpness.
Great work!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-20 11:42]

Hello Bruno,
Fantastic portret of this Vulture. Specially the sharpness, details and DOF against the wing. Great light and colours.

A wonderul portrait, Bruno! We have an unusual number of Turkey Vultures around this year for some reason as well, but I can't seem to get close enough for a good shot. This one is excellent!

Hi Bruno
You've captured a nice close up of this Turkey Vulture. I love the colours on his face, very unusual. Nice detail and lighting.
Good note.
TFS Janice

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