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Preparing to land

Preparing to land
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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
Theme(s): Vultures, Flying images, Vultures in South America, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-21 11:15
Viewed: 4004
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided to post this because of the point of view, which I enjoy.

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)

Manual mode
ISO 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

ddg, marhowie, hummingbird24, liquidsunshine, red45, fiyo, carper, sAner, wallhalla15, Janice, scottevers7, dew77, Comandante has marked this note useful
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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-21 11:47]

Livio bonjour, you are right the point of view is parfect !! I like the tip of wings with feather separeted. Very well done and TFS Didier.

Very well composed, Very sharp and detailed capture Livio. Excellent DOF. Great work.
Thank you my friend.

I very much enjoy these POVs as well Livio.

Great work on this one, every detail is sharp and "flaps" are down!

Even a bird as awkward-looking as this, makes it look graceful and lovely.

I am so looking forward to getting my 300mm back, so that I can try similar shots on the 20D...

Thank you for sharing yours with us.

Excellent capture Livio,
Very sharp detail, colour and perfect exposure. Excellent POV. Nicely composed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend my friend.

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-21 12:51]

Still desert moods, Livio ;-) ? Agree with you - definitely worth posting, POV is great, almost like shot from end of runway. Bird looks very nice with its pose and details, I like especially feathers on its wings. Good action picture with interesting subject.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-21 12:52]

Hello Livio,
Very good capture. Details are sharp,
Colors are very natural and the composition is good,
Well done&TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-21 13:11]

wauw, fantastic shot Livio,
great capture, fantastic pov and great composition, Yes this is a good one, fantastic job.
gr. Jaap

Livio, pose is excellent, good work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-21 15:05]

He looks like a Concorde coming to land (before they took them out off the air!) Great capture Livio, I like your POV. The black and brown colours contrast so well against the brown earth. Good job, thank you.

Very nice shot! A very graceful composition of this cool vulture. I've seen these guys at less graceful times when they are going through garbages down in Central America. Paul :)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-21 16:57]

Hi Livio,
Very good action shot!
Excellent POV and composition,
great details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Livio,
FLAPS DOWN! he is coming in! Perfect timing to get him in this position. Perfectly frozen with superb detail. The exposure looks superb..Great shot, and an excellent note.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-22 3:32]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful action shot.Moment you caught,details on black feathers,colors and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-22 6:59]

Wow, this is excellent my friend. Very well captured at just the right moment. I wish this was mine! Well done & TFS!


Hello Livio!
Very nice capture.POV,lighting and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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