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The dark flight

The dark flight
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-09-19 22:39
Viewed: 3670
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coragyps atratus

Geographic Range

Black Vultures are resident in tropical and warm temperate from southern Canada to southern South America including continental United States of America. In the northern parts of their range they have a southward migration in the fall and a returning spring migration.


The Black Vulture prefers an open habitat and avoids dense forests as much as possible. Such habitats include lowlands with adjacent highlands, open fields, desert terrain, garbage dumps, and urban or rural centers.

Physical Description

The Black Vulture is... black, large bird with a wingspan of 137-152 cm, a length of 50-69. The sexes are alike and the adults and the young have black, wrinkled bare skin on the head and neck. Adults have brown. Black Vultures have weak feet, adapted more for running than for clutching and relatively weak bills. The black vulture's feet stretch past its short tail. In flight, a short, square tail and a large white patch on the undersurface of the wing at the base of the primaries distinguishes them from turkey vultures, another large new world vulture which often occurs in the same area. These birds have been observed to live as long as 21 years in captivity and the oldest wild captured banded bird was 16 years old.

(Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coragyps_atratus.html)

ISO: 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

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Good composition Livio, with the vulture so nicely placed in the frame. I would have preferred it a little brighter and sharper and have done a WS on it. I hope you like it. Otherwise your photo is great and the vulture looks so good flying like this. Well done.

This is a great in flight shot for you 300th post, Livio, congrats.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Excellent work.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-20 0:55]

Wow, I really like the POV on this one, Livio. Fantastic view from above. I really like the way the feathers at the end of the wings spread out. A great in-flight capture. TFS. : )

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-09-20 1:14]
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Muito bom, não consegui "resolver" qual das duas está melhor... he... he...
Muito boa foto. Nitidez e composição. O fundo ficou ótimo.

Hi Livio,
Excellent composition, very good timing, great colour and details.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-20 2:41]

Bonjour Livio, good flight shot with this vulture in a good position. Congratulations Didier.

Nice Capture with good cadre and composition .

Hi Livio

Wow... magnificent shot. Awesome POV. Perfect details. Nice work. Thanks. :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-20 5:52]

Hello Livio!
This one is also wonderful.I liked POV,details,colors and composition a lot.

Olá Lívio,
linda tomada! Capturá-lo por "cima"em pleno vôo é de fato um grande desafio.
Ótima definição!

Hi Livio,
Another excellent bird capture. The soaring Black Vulture is very well done. This is 300 for you..WOW! I love the POV on this shot. To catch him from above like this is a great job.

Another excellent in-flight shot Livio. The composition is just great. In this one I think you've got the ballance between bird and space to fly into just right. Excellent sharpness and details, great neutral background. Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-09-20 12:01]

Cze¶æ Livio. Ujêcie ptaka w locie z góry, du¿e brawa !!!

Livio, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

A very nice 'in Flight' shot Livio.
The composition is well manage too!
TFS (300th shot!)

Congratulations on your 300th post my friend. This is an excellent shot to mark it..Very well done, Thank You!

big rush this morning, great shot
thanks for posting

Hello Livio. It's not often that someone has the opportunity to photograph a bird in flight from above. Your photo stands out for that reason and also because it is well composed with good detail. Jancie did a good job in her workshop. Don’t be afraid to use USM, a little does not hurt.

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