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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)


Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-13 15:04
Viewed: 1845
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow, is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, the Turkey Vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.



The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its food using its keen eyes and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gases produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. In flight, it uses thermals to move through the air, flapping its wings infrequently. It roosts in large community groups. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets. Each year it generally raises two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation. It has very few natural predators. In the United States of America, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_Vulture

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Incertae sedis (disputed)
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Cathartes


Species: C. aura

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Hello Derek

Excellent close-up shot of the Turkey Vulture
in his characteristic in-flight pose in the airs,
i like that the bird is covering all the frame
or almost, excellent details of his head and glance,
i see that from a Nikon DSLR you have passed
to a Canon DSLR with a zoom lens, TFS

Asbed

Hi Derek,
excellent photo of this bird. What a sharpness and details. Amazing colours. Perfect presentation. I also like a blue sky as a background.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

  • Great 
  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-11-14 6:16]

Derek,
Good clear in flight picture. It looks as if he is facing the sun.
Gary

Ciao Derek, great capture of fantastic in-flight vulture, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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