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Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian 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: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, 60-69 points (Chapter 3), Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 8:58
Viewed: 4177
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Vulture (juvenile)
Neophron percnopterus
TR: Kucuk Akbaba

Taken in the garbage dump in Beypazari.

The Egyptian Vulture, (Neophron percnopterus) also known as Scavenger Vulture is a small Old World vulture, found from N. Africa to South west Asia. It is the only member of the genus Neophron.

The adult's plumage is black and white. Its facial skin is yellow (it turns orange during nesting periods) and devoid of feathers. The tail is diamond shaped, so it is easily distinguished in flight. The nestlings are dark brown and gradually become light by adulthood at the age of 5.

The adult Egyptian Vulture usually measures 85 cm from the point of the beak to the extremity of the tail and 1.7m between the tips of the wings. It weighs about 2.1 kilograms.

The Egyptian Vulture is also known as Pharaoh’s Chicken because it looks like a scruffy chicken.

Egyptian Vultures are quite widely distributed and can be found in South Europe, N. Africa, West and South Asia. They are partial migrants, depending on the local climate. If the Egyptian Vulture can endure the local winter it will usually not migrate. It is not well adjusted to cold weather conditions, mainly because of its surface area-volume ratio that causes a quick loss of heat.

Egyptian Vultures are scavengers, mainly feeding off carrion, but they also prey on small mammals and eggs.
*Source: Wikipedia

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Exposure Time: 1/1600
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 310 mm
Date Taken: 2007-06-09 16:06
Metering Mode: Pattern

Proframe, cicindela, kjpweb, Jamesp, Raptorman, dew77, mikou, egeerhan, rousettus, blakitan, PaulH, ciccio, sandpiper2, Juyona, shal, alguazul, delic, Tamrock, marhowie, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hi Selen.
Great in flight shot with very nice detailed feathers.
The bird does stand out wonderfully against the blue sky.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

P/S would'nt it has been something when this bird of yours had met mine :)

Dear Selen,
This is really great shot! I like especially a fantastic POV and very good details and DOF.
TFS and have a nice afternoon,

Gorgeous and majestic! Perfect detail!

nice action capture of the flying bird. good focus lighting and color.

Hi Selen

Excellent POV and DOF - especially with an action shot. I wish I were so successful!


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-14 10:11]

Hi Selen
Wonderful capture and magnificent shot, so sharp and perfectly framed.
Great job.
My compliments and TFS

Hi Selen
Very nice flight of this "Alimoche", very nice shot. Congratulations

hi selen,
lovely shot, sharp image with good details, the blue sky makes fine bg here, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-14 11:59]

Hello Selen,
Wonderful 'frozen' Vulture. Very sharp with great details. The light on the wings and head is very natural. Great composition and POV.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-14 13:57]
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Merhaba Selen,
Bunları nereden buluyorsun:)Harika yakalamışsın.Netlik,detaylar,ışık mükemmel.Kadraja zor sığmış.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık!

I think this image has been well executed, I like the subtle lighting on the underside as you can still see a lot of the detail and maintaining a perfect exposure for the top of your subject. This is a very nicely done Selene. :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-14 14:24]

Hi Selen.
Great capture of this amazing bird in-fly.I like his pose so much - he is so majestic.Very good sharp details and beautiful colors.Superb blue sky on BG too.Well done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Netlik,zamanlama,detaylar,arka fon,kuyruktaki ışık font kadraj açıklamalar hepsi mükemmel.ellerine sağlık Selen.

merhaba Selen Hanım,
bu nadir kuşun en güzel çekimlerinden biri olmuş. netlikten, zamanlamaya, renklerden arka taraftaki ışıklandırmaya, metindeki bilgilere herşey çok güzel. elinize sağlık, selamlar

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-15 2:44]

Hi Selen,
I have rarely seen such a great in flight image of the Egyptian vulture. Great to see how details are perfectly displayed.
Regards, Jacob

Hi Selen,
Sharply capturing this flying vulture.
Nice clear blue sky for BG.
Superb shot.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-15 7:25]

Hi Selen,
a great shot, the top lighting creates a nice glow around his tail and highlights his head very well. Good strong full frame compo with lovely detail in the shady underside. Good work!

Hello Selen, always you surprise with your new contributions. She is fantastic. Great composition and a wonderful light, with much definition and quality. It is a photo that to me it would enchant to me to do. Enhorabuena and a greeting.

Jose Luis

Superb shot Selen.
Great composition.
Excellent sharpness.


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-06-15 9:48]

Tebrik ederim Selen hanım başarılarınızın hiç kesilmemesi dilegi il e

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-15 11:45]

Hola Selen,
sensacional trabajo,
bellos detalles y excelente compo,
excelente acción y pov,

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-06-15 14:17]

Outstanding shot,
composition and details making it absolutely perfect,

Great effort Selen,
Cheers :D

Hello Selen,
Again, this is one of your wonderful in-flight shot! This is amazing, wow! Details, exposure, POV and compo are really beautiful! Well done :)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-15 17:32]

Hi Selen,
Perfect capture for its details, sharpness, pov and composition. I like it!
TFS, José M.

Hola Selen,
Extraordinaria toma, la nitidez y detalle tanto de la cabeza como las alas es muy buena, la luz y el fondo muy hermosos, TFS, Saludos
José Ramón

A really sharp and very close shot. I like the enlighted face.
Texturas del plumaje muy bien recogidas.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-17 17:07]

Hi Selen,
You have truly nailed it this time. Excellent detail, esp. wings and color. Well done. Best,

hi selen!
you captured this beauty perfect
with good sharpness and nice light!
good work!

Hi Selen,
This is an excellent inflight. I like most how well you managed the exposure, with the bird well detailed on its underside..
Very nice comp, color, sharpness, POV, and BG. Who could ask for more? :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-02 4:43]

Hi Selen.
All your bird pictures are amazing as well as this one. I am impressed with great POV and pose of the vulture, terrific exposure, sharpness and details of the bird image, wonderful colours and composition of the shot. In a word, BRAVO. My congratulations and best wishes.

What a beautiful in flight Selen.Sharp details and nice light for taking it into the sky.

Hi Selen , excellent capture of flying young vulture , very crisp and highly detailed photo , also POV and eye-contact super , thanks for your work and sharing , good luck.

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