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Bloody Job

Bloody Job
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 7:54
Viewed: 4399
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rüppel's Vultures at a lion kill
their head with the long neck an almost no feathering is specially designed for penetrating a carcass through a small open wound in the skin and to eat the flesh and organs inside. They also can start eating from the anus and penetrating the abdomen via the pelvis.
This carcass was completely eaten within 24 hours

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The worlds natural heritagewinterpalace 1 11-26 02:18
Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 12-13 05:08
To ingridshaul: Claws and number of birdspirate 2 10-29 03:05
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-01 10:05]

Hi Tom,
Mother natures janitors, they clean up everyones mess. Great capture showing these huge birds on a carcass. The colors and details are spot on, thank you Tom.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-01 12:52]

Hi Tom. What an amazing picture . They did not seem to mind you about when food was on offer. very good detail and natural colours. This is all about nature and staying alive. I am surprised at the size of they feet. well done TFS.

What an amazing capture!
These vultures look really mean,but I realise they're just feeding.
Perfectly controlled exposure here,and a great composition.
Timing was good to get the birds heads and expressions and the DOF is excellent too.
Awesome work!

Hello Tom,
Impressive content and bloody indeed.
Technically well done.
Now we can clearly see why they have a long neck with almost no feathering.
Amazing moment. Wonder what animal the lion's prey is...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 23:13]

Wow, Tom...
Quite a scene you have captured there!
The two vultures with their heads and necks all covered with blood and all stretched out really gives you the chills.
What amazing expressions on those faces.
Great POV and excellent sharpness.
TFS. : )

A great nutrition frame.
I looked for a minute believe.
It's a nice sharing.
Sincerely ...

Hi Tom,
This IS an action photo!

The blood dripping from the beak in the centre of the photo is a brilliant way of drawing attention, and the speed you used - freezing the moment - forces the eyes back to it.

And the sharp claws of the bird at 9 o'clock just about to rip open the body...

It is interesting, that only 4 birds (the head of the bird at 4 o'clock somewhere inside the antelope) are there at that moment and only a couple of flies; was it early in the morning?

The bird at 3 o'clock warned off by the two at the left of the antelope. Apropos, how far were you away from the vultures?

It is an excellent documentary of vultures' behavior!! and I wish more members took notice!

PS The Rueppell's Vulture (gyps rueppellii) - a rare visitor in this area (Kruger Park) - is similar to the Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres).

Enjoy the rest of your week-end
Kind Regards

Hi Tom

An Action photo not often presented or discussed: too bloody :-))!

Surprisingly green habitat.



Hi Tom,
Fantastic shot of bloody action of this huge birds of africa.
Today i watch your all pictures & i really enjoy the african safari.
All birds, animals & there life is well captured & presented.
Well done & thanks for sharing.

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