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White-headed Vulture

White-headed Vulture
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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: 2010-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-01 14:29
Viewed: 3631
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of my favorite Vultures
Adult male, the female having all white inner secondaries

from www.arkive.org
With its bare, pink face and bright orange-red bill with a peacock blue base, this is one of Africa’s most colourful vultures. The white-headed vulture gets its name from the downy, white feathers on its head which give it an angular appearance. The bright facial colors contrast sharply with the black body, tail, wings and high ruff around its neck. The belly and thighs are white and its legs are pale pink. Like other vultures, the white-headed vulture has a number of adaptations for feeding on the carcasses of large animals, but is also capable of killing small prey. The strong bill is capable of tearing flesh and the sharp, curved talons can grasp and pierce prey. Their large, broad wings can carry them for hours as they search for food.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-01 17:52]

Hello Tom,
Awesome inflight shot of this very attractive vulture. The markings on it's underwings is is shown in fine detail and excellent exposure. I can definitely see why this is one of your favorite vultures. I love the way you filled the entire fram up with your subject. Great work!!

Hi Tom,

Recently, in one of my photos, I received a critique from Ron - first commenter in this photo -

"...Overhead inflight shots are not always the easiest to do. Many time you lose detail due to underexposed images, but you managed quite well in this shot. The lighting is just right, allowing us to see the attractive wing markings and beautiful natural colors. Well done!! ..."

I shall just repeat those words many folds over as an acclaim to this. Last, but not the least, a cute & curious eye contact. Bravo.


Hello Tom

From wing to wing it is a fine sharp image
with great details of the dark plumage of
the wings and doing an excellent contrast
with the clear parts of the vulture, Your POV
it gives that wonderful eye contact with you, TFS


Hello Tom
Impressive photo with good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

...he is looking at you just as kid a Turkish delight, Tom ... very warring ! A dramatic picture of this incredibly beautiful bird! I remember once I have been in a open bar somewhere in the border with Kruger park drinking a cheap lager when one of those monsters probably a bit smaller than a jumbo jet flew few meters above our heads, so close that the napkins on the tables begun rocketing ....ya...I still remember his unpleasant breath. So looking at this tight frame I feel claustrophobic and scared ...but the balance between all the elements here ...great!
George Veltchev

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-02 4:21]

Hi Tom.
It is a very impressive diagonal composition created by splendid bird. Wingspread, glance of the bird, exposure of the image are excellent. Kind wishes and TFS.

I agree - my favourite vulture species too (except, perhaps, the lammergeier). To me it's the most eagle-like of the group and the downy feathering of the head is a little more attractive than wrinkled bare skin. This is a very nice flight shot, all sharp and good use of the frame. I also appreciate the fact that you have resisted the temptation to brighten the underside too much in PP - it's easy to overdo it to the point that it looks false. Handheld or tripod/gimbal? Very nice.
Best wishes, Nigel.

Bonjour Tom,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans un judicieux cadrage serré et par son opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

The best one yet Tom!!!!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-02 12:07]

Hello Tom,
Impressive photo of this White-headed Vulture in flight. Great sharpness and beautiful contrasting colours against the blue sky in the background. Fantastic composition and eye contact.

Hello Tom,
Wonderful moment and great in flight capture.Fine camera settings.Wonderful colors and great details.
Thank You,
Kind regards

amazing flight capture, TFS Ori

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