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Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture
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Copyright: Eyal Bartov (bartove) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 1 N: 588] (7772)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, 600 mm f 4
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 2:07
Viewed: 3152
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The adult Egyptian Vulture usually measures 85 cm from the point of the beak to the extremity of the tail and 1.7 meters between the tips of the wings. It weighs about 2.1 kilograms.

The adult plumage is white, with some black feathers in the wings and tail. Due to its habits—stalking around carcasses on usually dusty ground to wait for its turn—the plumage dulls quickly, and birds before moult are beige rather than pure white. Also, individuals occasionally seem to "paint" themselves with soil containing iron oxide, as Lammergeiers do, turning their plumage a pinkish buff; hence the German name Schmutzgeier ("dirt-vulture"). Its facial skin is yellow, turning orange during nesting periods, and is devoid of feathers. The tail is diamond-shaped, so it is easily distinguished in flight.

The nestlings are dark brown and gradually become light until they reach adulthood at the age of five.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-02 3:58]

hi eyal,
its difficult to see and capture these vulture perched like this. good composition and very simple yet effective. tfs.

Hi Eyal

Great shot of thsi impressive raptor.
Excellent composition
Great sharpness
Great POV


I love your shots of the Egyptian Vulture. This one is particularly nice with the soft toning color throughout. The curve of the bird's back echoing the curved branch is so effective! It's a gorgeous photo.

Evelynn : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-02 10:37]

Hello Eyal,
Beautiful photo of this Egyptian Vulture. Sharpness, colours, pose and POV are excellent. Great soft BG.

shalom Eyal
anaother great capture from Israel. In this time, not a carnivore mammal, but carnivore bird. Your capture also great with timing, focus, POV and composition. BG also very nice.
thanks for sharing and thanks for adding notes in your previous shots. best wishes

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