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The black flight

The black flight
Photo Information
Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vultures, Flying images, Vultures in South America, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-27 14:39
Viewed: 4256
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coragyps atratus

Geographic Range

Black Vultures are resident in tropical and warm temperate from southern Canada to southern South America including continental United States of America. In the northern parts of their range they have a southward migration in the fall and a returning spring migration.


The Black Vulture prefers an open habitat and avoids dense forests as much as possible. Such habitats include lowlands with adjacent highlands, open fields, desert terrain, garbage dumps, and urban or rural centers.

Physical Description

The Black Vulture is a... black, large bird with a wingspan of 137-152 cm, a length of 50-69. The sexes are alike and the adults and the young have black, wrinkled bare skin on the head and neck. Adults have brown. Black Vultures have weak feet, adapted more for running than for clutching and relatively weak bills. The black vulture's feet stretch past its short tail. In flight, a short, square tail and a large white patch on the undersurface of the wing at the base of the primaries distinguishes them from turkey vultures, another large new world vulture which often occurs in the same area. These birds have been observed to live as long as 21 years in captivity and the oldest wild captured banded bird was 16 years old.

(Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coragyps_atratus.html)

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Post process on Photoshop CS2

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  • Great 
  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-27 15:48]

Lovely capture Livios, perfect feather details.
Good colours, composition and note.

Another great shot of the balck Vulture Livio.
I tried a few shots of these today (in captivity unfortunately), and got some nice portraits. Excellent in flight shot. Good dtail, colour and exposure. Nicely composed and very good notes.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-27 17:07]

Beautifull composition Livio! Perfect exposure and timing - wings are clear and sharp. Nice subject and desert mood. Good work!

Another great inflight Livio. This POV shows the wide wingspan very well. Very well exposed and detailed with great sharpness. I think a POV showing a bit more of the head might be better? Still, a very good work. Thank You.

Hello Livio,

Fantastic shot of this vulture in flight, wings splayed, and desert Bg.

Beautiful sharp details, colors, lighting and POV.

I have done a slight adjustment in ws, hope you don't mind.

Thank you for your fine posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-28 6:10]

Good capture Livio. It's head is still visible, but only just! :) Details are sharp and the exposure is spot on. Well composed and good POV. The bg is very good I think. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-28 6:22]

Hello Livio!
Very nice capture.POV,details,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-28 7:39]

Hello Livio,
Very nice capture with perfect POV&DOF.
Perfect details and sharpness.Very good shot indeed!
Well done&TFS

Hi Livio,
An excellent in flight shot. I like the POV where you are higher than the bird. The detail in the black feathers is perfect. Very sharp detail too. Great job!

Hi Livio,
This is an excellent in flight wiht great deatils.
Exposure are spot on the black part are very good.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
Great work, my friend.

Great shot very beautiful, good sharp very good

Hi Livio

Short on time again today, but enough time to look at this great shot. Very good POV. Good depth of colour. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Nicely composed work. Thanks.

Livio, this is a great photo. Great colours and excellent sharpness. A very nice composition with great POV. Thanks for posting. Have a nice weekend.

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