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Eurasian Black Vulture

Eurasian Black Vulture
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), vanderschelden's birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 5:28
Viewed: 6283
Points: 50
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Wiki says:
The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the Monk Vulture, the Cinereous Vulture, or just the Black Vulture. It is the only species in the genus Aegypius.

It is a very large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family Cathartidae. It is therefore also unrelated to the American Black Vulture despite the similar name and coloration.

It breeds across southern Europe and Asia from Spain to Japan, but is endangered throughout its European range. It is resident except in those parts of its range where hard winters cause limited movement.

This vulture is 110-115 cm long with a 250-285 cm wingspan. It breeds in high mountains and large forests, nesting in trees. It has all dark plumage, and even at a distance can be distinguished from Griffon Vulture by its evenly broad "barn door" wings. It has the typical vulture "bald" head, and dark markings around the eye give it a menacing skull like appearance.

The Eurasian Black Vulture is usually larger than Griffon Vulture. Its more powerful bill is better suited to initially opening carcasses, and it takes priority over Griffons at corpses.

Shooting Date/Time
30/08/2006 12:47:41
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To carper: Jaap,vanderschelden 3 09-04 13:07
To RAP: Ricardovanderschelden 1 09-04 09:43
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Hi Annick

Lovely shot of this untidy fella. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. TFS.

Hello Annick!
i like its hair style a lot. i should use it on my hair too :-) Great pose you captured with a lovely pose!

hi Annick,

perfect portrait of this bird, a common bird many years ago here in Romania, now just an accidental bird.
bood sharpness, nice colour and the BG is perfect.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-04 6:47]

Hi Annick,

Interesting vulture. I like this pose and the eye is very sharp. My compliments!


Hi Annick,

What an ugly bird!! Excellent picture you took of it, but I did not make him a beauty!

Great DOF
TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-04 7:13]

Voici un beau portrait de Vautour de profil. j'aime pas bien comme il nous regarde ce volatile ;-) Bonne netteté et une PdC super qui a produit un agréable fond doux.
Compliments Annick.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-04 7:58]

Hi Annick

Spendid portrait of this impressive vulture!
Excellent sharp details, great POV adn DOF, very fitting contrast between the colors of the subject and the BG, great light and framing.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • ele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 15 N: 15] (382)
  • [2006-09-04 8:38]

complimenti bel ritratto

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-04 9:21]
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Hello Annick, nice portrait.

+ composition, POV, sharpness, color, background, framing, lighting, notes.

= DOF, focus (AV very tight).

Greetings... Ricardo

Good portrait of this increasingly thretened animal.

Composition & POV : 9
Sharpness & DOF : 9
Light & color: 10
Creativity & Originality: 9

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-04 10:21]

Hello Annick,
A nice portrait, great detail and textures captured in the feathers, good focus on the eye and great light, nicely isolated against a distant background and good DOF to defocus it. I like the crop/composition too, it fits the image very well. Nice work.

Oke Annick Ik kan me een beetje vinden in wat Ricardo zegt, maar daarintegen is het ook wel de moeite waard om wat meer te experimenteren. Een goede tip eerst is een monopod, leer deze te gebruiken, als U dit doet zult U hier later veel gemak van hebben. Probeer ook eena een paar foto's uit op 800 iso, oke dan krijg je meer ruis maar je F shot wordt wel hoger, wat beter is voor de scherpte diepte. Het is ook interesant om een flash te gebruiken. U hebt het hier niet zo op, maar ik kan U verzekeren, dat ook dit to betere resultaten zal leiden. Verder een goede compositie, waarvan ik zelf nog een stukje van liinks had gecropt, maar ook dit is persoonlijk, goed werk Annick.
gr. jaap

hi annick
bien que l'oiseau ne soit pas un modele de beauté vous avec reussi a nous faire un beau portrait net et coloré.

Great shot, very good details. Great DOF. Superb colours.. And the bird is a born model. Thanx for sharing, Siarhei

Hello Annik, excllent colors, bg, POv DOF perfect details, excllent use of light perfect work, TFS Kyle

Hi Annick,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-04 17:08]

Hi Annick, ugly birds but they make very interesting shots. This is a very good shot with excellent details and good control over the DOF. Very well done and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-05 7:09]

Hi Annick
Looks like he is thinking what to do. Great portrait shot. Good ditails, colours and POV.
Well done


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-05 7:58]

Hello Annick,
great shot, love the details and colors of this bird. POV, sharpness and background are great.

Perfect isolation of this ugly creature! the f/3.5 was perfect. nice catch light in the eyes and good detail on the feathers. I see some minimal OE on the beak but it isn't major. Good job,

Hi Annick,
This is a very good portrait of this vulture! Details are clean and sharp and I like the nice BG. He has a very thoughtful expression and I think I can see your taking the picture in his eye’s reflection ;-) Claudine

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-14 14:39]

Hey Annick,
this is a great and highly detailed shot,
great work :)
Vishal Sabharwal

Very nice retrat . magnifica definición.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-09-21 12:00]

Hello Annick,

What a very nice and great picture of this vulture!! The nice blurry bg compliments so well the bird! Colors looks very natural too! Great composition and superb pov! You make the vulture to look almost nice ;-)

Great job and TFS,


très belle photo , cet oiseau quoi que l' on en dise est beau avec son petit châpeau et son col .

Hello Annick!
Small come back to your archive. This time a bird portrait :)
And here we have a true "lord" among predatory birds! Great (as usual!) DOF and perfect POV.
Bravo and I am waiting for new picture ;>

PS. very usuful picture data!

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