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Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-04 7:01
Viewed: 2022
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes and is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a scruffy-looking, small vulture with dark brown plumage, a long thin bill, bare crown, face and fore-neck, and a downy nape and hind-neck. It typically scavenges on carcasses. Although this is a common species, numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly. Threats include poisoning, hunting and loss of habitat, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as "critically endangered".

The Hooded Vulture is a typical vulture, with a bald head that is usually white, but flushes red when agitated and a greyish “hood”. It has fairly uniform dark brown body plumage. It has broad wings for soaring and short tail feathers. It is a small species compared to most vultures.

It breeds in a stick nest in trees (often palms) in much of Africa south of the Sahara, laying one egg. Birds may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. This is one of the smaller vultures of the Old World. They are 62–72 cm long, have a wingspan of 155–165 cm and a body weight of 1.5-2.6 kg.
Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals and waste which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation, including waste tips and abattoirs. It often moves in flocks, and is very abundant. In much of its range, there are always several visible soaring in the sky at almost any time during the day.

This vulture is typically unafraid of humans, and frequently gathers around habitation. It is sometimes referred to as the “garbage collector” by locals.

The species has been uplisted from its previous IUCN status of endangered to critically endangered, since the species is going through a very steep decline in population, owing to various factors including poisoning, hunting, habitat loss and degradation of habitat.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Excellent close-up shot, very fine POV at its level,
great focus, sharpness, and details, stunning
expressive pose of the vulture, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-04 9:34]

Hello Peter,
What a sinister looking looking face your vulture has, one only a mother could love. Tac share focus displaying excellent detail and natural color. Nicely composed and perfect exposure. Great shot!!

Hello Peter,
Once I saw this species Hooded Vulture in KNP and took picture also but not good, due to distance.
But you got an excellent POV against nice BG. Excellent pose too. Color and composition look nice too.
Thanks for sharing with valuable NOTE about this species,

Hello Peter,
Nice capture. Focus, details and clarity are great.
It is a high quality image. It is a nice and interesting specie of vulture.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-04 14:38]

Hi Peter,very very nice pose while this vulture is valking,i have 2 pics too in my Gambia gallery of this friendly bird,and your is absolutely beautiful and made in the usual top quality.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Mooie opname ,kijkt wel een beetje kwaad
mooie details en goed van scherpte
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-04-05 21:01]

Hi Peter
Another excellent picture.
The DOF is good as well as the sharpness. Interesting attitude.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-06 7:23]

Hi Peter,
Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo. Perfect point of view and in nice colours.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter, Nice pose. I would cut more of the down image and leave more image at the right.
Thank you

Hi Peter,

You have captured well the action of the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Hooded Vulture. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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