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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-08 13:12
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Points: 53
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Hello All

i hope to bee more present the next time, but since my last problems with my computer and specially with my extern hart disk ( a moment a thinked, i have lost all my photos), i have decided to develop the most beautiful of my shots, so i have retouched more then 1000 photos and resizing all at the same format from the originals, not only nature shots but also domestic animals, garden flowers, trips and vacation memories, family events and also a lot of my cats, especially of Noisette who died the 21 april 2010. A great great work !

today another post from Sainte-Croix


Vultures are scavenging birds, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals. Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica and Oceania.
Although feeding largely on meat (as opposed to insects and small reptiles), vultures do not generally kill their own prey, which would classify them clearly as a raptor. Because of this, historically they have alternated between being classified as a raptor or as a non-raptor, and have been the subject of extensive DNA testing to test relationships with other birds.

A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding. Research has shown that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation.

A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, or venue. The word Geier (taken from the German language) does not have a precise meaning in ornithology, and it is occasionally used to refer to a vulture in English, as in some poetry.


Vultures are classified into two groups: Old World vultures and New World vultures. The similarities between the two different groups are due to convergent evolution.

Old World vultures

Main article: Old World vulture
The Old World vultures found in Africa, Asia, and Europe belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards, and hawks. Old World vultures find carcasses exclusively by sight.

New World vultures

Main article: New World vulture
The New World vultures and condors found in warm and temperate areas of the Americas are not closely related to the similar Accipitridae, but belong in the family Cathartidae, which was once considered to be related to the storks. However, recent DNA evidence suggests that they should be included among the Accipitriformes, along with other birds of prey. However, they are still not directly related to the other vultures. Several species have a good sense of smell, unusual for raptors, and are able to smell the dead they focus upon from great heights, up to a mile away.


ultures seldom attack healthy animals, but may kill the wounded or sick. When a carcass has too thick a hide for its beak to open, it waits for a larger scavenger to eat first. Vast numbers have been seen upon battlefields. They gorge themselves when prey is abundant, till their crop bulges, and sit, sleepy or half torpid, to digest their food. They do not carry food to their young in their claws, but disgorge it from the crop. These birds are of great value as scavengers, especially in hot regions. Vulture stomach acid is exceptionally corrosive, allowing them to safely digest putrid carcasses infected with Botulinum toxin, hog cholera, and anthrax bacteria that would be lethal to other scavengers. This also enables them to use their reeking, corrosive vomit as a defensive projectile when threatened. Vultures urinate straight down their legs; the uric acid kills bacteria accumulated from walking through carcasses, and also acts as evaporative cooling.

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Ciao Jaqueline. Very good lights' managment and perfect sharp sop like DOF and details.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-08 13:40]

Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful photo in natural colours, good sharpness, DOF and nice poses. Pleasing eye contact with one in front. A pity that the left one missed the tip of its beak.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-08 15:22]
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Salut Jacqueline,j'espere que ton hard disk reussira a ressusciter! C'est vraiment dommage et je te comprend,j'ai eu la meme mesaventure il y a 4 ans et depuis ca je grave tout sur DVD..ehehe..la photo est tres particuliere,nettete' super,jolie composition et parfaite gestion du contre-lumiere pour le meilleur resultat.Cette fois suis moi a te dire Bonne Nuit..finalement..ehehe...Luciano

Ahhh.. sad news from you MF Jacqueline. Hope you can gain the lost ones. Sometimes computer experts can re-gain them.
Anyway this is realy great timely capture of a vulture group that they seem happy. Perfectly captured in all around MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hola Jacqueline

Bonita imagen de estos "buitres leonados", con colores naturales estupendos, perfecta composición y buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Jaqueline,

an very nice image from this birds,
An pity that are beneath cut of an piece of the feathers.
Exellent sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-09 4:11]

Hello Jacqueline,
very dramatic capture of these vultures. so well detailed and exciting stare. Very good details and features of these tough birds.
Well presented.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-09 6:23]

Hello Jaqueline,
This is an very nice capture of a group of Vulture. The composition, lighting colours and sharpness are all very good.Best regards Siggi

Hi Jacqueline. You have found a good size flock here. The capture is wonderful and details are amazing with fine focus and exposure of the plumage. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Très belle valorisation des sujets par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Jacqueline
very nice composition with good details and nice colours
great sharpness
greeting lou

Ciao Jacqueline, great capture of lovely quartet of beautiful vulture, splendid natural ambientation, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Jacqueline. Very beautiful capture of these vultures. The composition, POV and details are great.
TFS and kind regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-09 22:29]
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Hello Jacqueline,
Sorry to hear about Noisette and the computor crash. I hope you can retrieve your losses.
A fine sharp capture of this group of Griffon Vultures nicely composed against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hy Jacqueline
I would really love to see these impressive creature especially in the wild, and I am thinking at the mountains of my country. I see some sadness in the eyes of these birds: for the lost freedon;
Excellent clarity in the entire image.
All my best,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-12 4:23]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Une image de vautours sera toujours impressionnante, ces oiseaux ne laissant personne indifférents. En général on ne les aime pas trop..mais je les trouve fascinants. Une image naturelle d'un groupe joliment perché sur ces rochers du parc de Ste Croix.
Chez nous aussi ce n'est pas le beau temps, mais le vent semble souffler moins fort que chez vous.
Bonne fin de semaine

Hello Jacqueline, very beautiful imagine , details, light and sharpness perfect, interesting subject and notes. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Sorry to hear you have such kind of problems with your PC. The photo's well composed (except for the tail of the closest and the bill of the left specimen which are cropped), but the whole photo seems oversharpened a bit, there are many unwanted white lines, mostly around the feathers which show this. There's a bit of background noisette, too, and the blown out patches on the sky also don't support the visual impact. I'm soprry for being critical, but that's why we're here.
I wish you all the best, friendly regards, László

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-11-20 23:09]

Hi Jaqueline,
A nice group of clean vultures well presented with good exposure.

bonjour Jacqueline

une excellente photo de ce groupe de vautours,
excellent POV et qui donne un superb contact
visuel avec l'un d'eux, excellent focus
netteté et détails, une toute petite chose
Jacqueline tu aurais dù soit moins zoomer
ou soit reculer pour ne pas couper le bec de l'un d'eux,



Bonita escena. Deduzco por el conjunto que no estabas muy lejos de la escena,
por lo que el espectáculo lo tuviste asegurado, y más con estas grandes aves
que también tenmos por nuestros Pirineos.
Un abrazo Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Jacqueline
These vultures are beautiful, especially the fluffiness on their heads. The one facing the camera is really pretty and all its features are well seen. I just love the feathers in the neck which almost looks as if they are wearing a fancy garment. I personally would have cropped the image on the left hand side only showing the 3 vultures in their full profiles. Your image however still shows enough and beautiful enough for me to add a smiley with pleasure. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

I read your note 3 [three] times. LOVED IT.
And, a lot of people state that there no CREATOR!!! Hogwash. What a beautiful creation this Vulture... even urinates straight down its legs to kill off the bacteria... WHAT A CREATION!!!
Greetings from Mario in Canada.
P.S. Have never seen a Vulture within Canada... I've travelled accross my present home many, many times and never seen a single one of this species.

Gallo Jacqueline,
une belle photo de groupe de ces vautours, très bonne netteté, couleurs belles et naturelles, une composition intéressante de ces oiseaux négrophages.
Merci et félicitations
Meilleurs pensées et une Bonne Année à toi et à ta famille
Ciao Maurizio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-11 19:56]

Hello Jacqueline,
An interesting photo of this group (Or should I say Wake) of vultures. See... I learned something already from your notes.
What I find interesting is the color of their heads, it looks like a pale whitish color. The ones we have here in Ohio have bright red heads and their plumage is much darker, almost black.
You captured this (committee) in a nice pose allowing us to get a great look at their features in fine detail and natural colors. Well doen!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-24 2:32]

Hi Jacqueline.
Despite the difficult for shooting scene (too contrast subject) you managed to produce a very good of quality image. Pictured scene is very cute, details of the birds are excellent and DOF is selected perfectly. May be cropping is not the best but it is not a key point. My compliments and TS.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2011-04-11 17:40]

Hola Jacqueline: Una hermosa toma de estos Buitres, una excelente composición, color y entorno...saludos.

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