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American Black Vulture

American Black Vulture
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, Vultures in South America, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-11 10:48
Viewed: 10671
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I love vultures, and I think they are beautiful but this young one looks a bit mean to me :o)

American Black Vulture (juvenile)
Coragyps atratus

*The American Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus, also known as the Black Vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to South America. Although a common and widespread species, it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the Turkey Vulture, which breeds well into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian Black Vulture. The latter species is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae (which includes eagles, hawks, kites and harriers), whereas the American species is a New World vulture. It is the only extant member of the genus Coragyps, which is in the family Cathartidae. It inhabits relatively open areas which provide scattered forests or shrublands. With a wingspan of 1.5 m (5 ft) the American Black Vulture is a large bird though relatively small for a vulture. It has black plumage, a featherless, grayish-black head and neck, and a short, hooked beak.

The American Black Vulture is a scavenger and feeds on carrion, but will also eat eggs or kill newborn animals. In areas populated by humans, it also feeds at garbage dumps. It finds its meals either by using its keen eyesight or by following other (New World) vultures, which possess a keen sense of smell. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It lays its eggs in caves or hollow trees or on the bare ground, and generally raises two chicks each year, which it feeds by regurgitation. In the United States, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This vulture also appeared in Mayan codices.
(*Source: Wikipedia)

Exposure Time 1/332
F-Stop f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings 800
Focal Length 400/1 mm
Date Taken 2008-05-28 08:22

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-11 10:56]

Hi Selen . It has that look about it as you say. You have captured a fine close up with good detail in the head and feathers. Natural colours and a good POV. well done TFS . Interesting notes too.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-11 10:58]

Superb Selen. Great pose on the vulture and stunning soft colours making this composition really good.
Well done.Siggi

Merhaba Selen,
Excelent view of this not so nice (for human eyes)vulture. I like the details and sharpness in image. Good as well flies flying around it
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-11 11:10]

Hello Selen,
Excellent photo of this Vulture. In a couple of days I set a Hooded Vulture, because I love vultures too. The light, colours and sharpness are amazing. Impressive eye.
Very good composition and OOF BG.

Hello Selen
Vultures do indeed have an misunderstood beauty.
I dont think you have helped this ones chances of favour by the swarm of flies around him!!
Photographically all is superb with incredible details on the plumage and the all important eye.
All the Best

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-11 12:38]

Hola Selen, muy bonita fotografia, con una agradable composición, acertada exposición y tonos de color naturales. un saludo

Ciao Selen,
splendida cattura di questo giovane avvoltoio, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione per la bellissima postura, straordinarie nitidezza e resa cromatica a ISO 800, stupendo OOF BG.

Una impactante imagen.
Buenos detalles y excelente encuadre.
Un saludo, JL.

Visita mi blog

Merhaba Selen,
Another beautiful image of Black vulture well captured from Peru!
the pose is great with great sharpness, natural colour and details!
the bg green forest colour makes the subject really outstanding!
well done
take good care and my sincere regards
friend Tony

Merhaba Selen, great capture of splendid volture with fantastic details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Selen,
Very good picture of American Black Vulture capturing a really mean look, excellent POV and composition, sharp details and natural BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-12 1:26]

Hi Selen.
You are lucky photographer because of you can to watch these birds in a wild. Simply amazing picture with plenty attractive details of the bird. Every feather of the bird and every details of the old tree are reproduced precisely as ell as the colour and light tones. BG is very nice too and all together they create a fine composition and scene. MY best regards and compliments.

Hi Selena.
Beautiful vulture, perfect sharpness.
I greet Robert.

Selam Selen Hanım,
Kuşlar içinde benim de en çok ilgimi çeken tür. Duruşuyla, kelsi baş ile ilginç bir güzel:). Elinize sağlık.


Dear Selen,
Good photograph of an american vulture; it has a very major role in the ecosystem. Well said by someone that "A Sky Without Vultures Points to Ecosystem in Peril". In particular it is very much applicable to Indian airspace. Thanks for highlighting this creature.
Best wishes-Subhash

merhaba Selen hanım,
birkaç gün netten ve siteden uzak kalmıştım. nefis çekiminizi ancak görebiliyorum. elinize sağlık, son derece güzel. netlik ve uçuşan küçük böceklere kadar bütün detaylar harika çıkmış. açısı, göz teması da kadraj gibi çok güzel. sağlıcakla kalın, iyi geceler.

Hello Selen,
what a close up!!! (in Arg. we named "Jote"), very good composition, light & colours.

What a nice close up Selen. All those flies!!! Details and background do nice for this.
Enjoy the week!

Dear Selen
What a wonderful shot of this American Black Vulture,
Perfect pose,details and colors.Welldone my friend.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-13 4:50]

Merhaba Selen hanım muhteşem bir kare olmuş keyifle izledim ellerinize sağlık.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-13 14:54]
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Hi Selen,
superb shot of this Black Vulture.
Are they flies around it?
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Brilliant DOF.

Well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-13 23:00]
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Hi Selen,
Outstanding shot of this Vulture with very imprassive sharpness and details on its plumage. Fabulous pose captured but I wonder what those tiny dots are - hovering flies? Great lighting, POV and DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-15 3:54]

Hello Selen,
Not exactly a beautiful subject but a superb capture!! Excellent sharpness and colours, a fine background and well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-10-15 12:25]

Hello Selene,

Wondeful picture of this vulture! I really like the insectes surrounding it like the dust surrounding the little boy in Peanuts (you know, the friend of Charlie Brown) ;-)

The image is greatly sharp with a great management of the exposition on all those blacks!

Great green bg too! Personally I would have removed (cloned) the dark trunk behind the vulture in the upper portion of the picture.

Great job and TFS!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-20 14:00]

Hi Selen

I know what you mean when you say vultures are beautiful, I think so too, they have such intelligent eyes. Lovely sharp details and nicely composed. DOF and POV are both very good



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