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American King Vulture

American King Vulture
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 13:29
Viewed: 2819
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Have some Goose images ready for posting.
However...the first one being posted yesterday has been inactivated
due to 'domestication'.
As I believe domestication is an incorrect argument I replied and so it will be researched further and hopefully restored soon.
In the mean time I will not post similar Anatidae.
Thank you...

In terms of behavior, King Vultures are typical vultures. They feed on carrion, and soar looking for prey, but may also use olfaction to help locate it; however some authors claim that they rely on Turkey Vultures and Condors to sniff out prey, and simply follow them to carcasses. Large groups may gather at a suitable carcass. At a carcass, the King Vulture is dominant over other species, but its greater strength means that it will often open carcasses that others are then able to exploit.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
13/05/2007 14:25:52
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
Autoexposure Bracketing
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-29 13:50]

hello Annick
great capture, good sharpness and colours

What a pose and capture Annick. He looks so suprised! Details, colors and the feather's pattern are beautiful. It looks like coming out from a suprise's box :-)

Hi Annick,
Nothing at al wrong with the quality of the picture but I am not sure that I like the profile. the shoulders keep dragging my eyes away from the head.

Hi Annick, splendid portrait with wonderful colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-29 16:22]

Hi Annick. What a bird, great shot. good colours and detail ,with sharp focus. and a nice POV. well done TFS.

Hi Annick,
This is a fascinating bird from any angle!
I like so much your frontal POV and the inclusion of the wings into this framing.
Details got on the plumage are so clear and sharp.
I like the composition you made here, a different one.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Beautiful portrait Annick.
The light and feathedetails are wonderful.
The soft blue color tones of the background, against wich the King Vulture does stand out greatly, are lovely.
I personally just would have add a little more contrast and color saturation, but that's just my opinion ofcourse.
Nevertheless a joy to look at. Best regards, Harry

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-29 20:04]

Hi Annick, wonderful I must say, the portrait of this King is so beautiful is out of this world. Congratulations in a fine capture, great POV, soft composition, and excellent collors.. well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-29 20:43]

Hello Annick,
Great composition, point of view, focus and exposure gives us this wonderful image of one ugly bird, thanks Annick.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-29 22:10]

Hi Annick
Excellent capture ,sharp details ,nice colors and excellent POV.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-29 22:32]

Hello Annick

The ability to make the unattractive subject into a beautiful photo is a gift.Well done once again.The focus and details are sharp.Well exposed with natural colours.Super eye contact.TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-29 23:11]

Hola Annick. Bella foto. Exelente manejo de la iluminacion. Muy nitida. Luis52.

Hola Annick,
Tienes unos retratos muy bellos de animales, gran nitidez con una luz y colores muy bellos. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Annick,

This is another of your very good portraits. Technically it is once again very good. I like it very much.


I humbly apologise, but my smileys are finished. I will be back in the morrow to remedy.

Hi Annick,
Nice POV, saturation and sharpness. I really like the POV.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-06-05 12:15]

I have always said that these king vultures are a beautiful bird for an ugly bird LOL but you captured this one very well. Nice colors and a pretty good pose. TFS.

Hey, Annick,
Great point of view. The POV of this vulture makes me think of the old Jim Henson film the 'Dark Crystal' and the bad guys in that film. Its a great photo.

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