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Vultures of Crimea

Vultures of Crimea
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, Tamron 28-75 F2.8 XR DI LD Asph IF Macro, Hoya HD UV 67 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-30 5:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Because of some important reasons I cannot make business trips almost at all. However, this autumn I have decided to take part in anniversary scientific conference which took place in Alushta. I went there with wife and granddaughter. It is clear I devoted much time to the granddaughter too and we all visited many local attractions including zoo in neighboring city Yalta.

There is small by territory zoo in Yalta where we found many well looking animals. This one is from them.

State of vultures in Crimea is disastrous. Ten years ago population of these birds totaled less than twenty individuals. Thanking the Ukrainian ecologists the situation has improved a little. In Crimea now there are about 50 – 60 Cinereous Vultures and nesting birds from them are no more than half from total number. (See As rescue the Crimean Vultures in Russian).

About the species you can see here Aegypius_monachus.

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splendid portrait of vulture,Alexei
I like your approach with the vivid detail of this bird of prey of Crimea
my most sincere congratulations

Ciao Alexei. Excellent close up MF! Impressive focused eye and amazing colours. Good light too. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-30 5:34]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic portrait of this vulture in superb sharpness and details. Splendid natural colours with a very good white balance. Beautiful OOF BG, composition and eye contact.

What a remarkable portrait of a Vulture you have created, Alexei! TN is no more the same as it used to be with numerous nature imagists of your calibre filling the galleries here. Now there is merely a trickle and that too with just mediocre work.
Your picture brings back that charm to this site and I do hope you continue with it.
Thanks for being with us again.

Hallo Alexei
Well done on a super portrait of this Vulture. I just love the clarity of the "beard" below its chin, the feathers in the neck and the beautiful brown eye. It looks as it was posing just for you and your camera. Great point of view, showing the details of this bird's face so closely. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

still critically endangered species facing the real threat of extinction ..another sad story, despite the rising population as you mention Alexei. Great portrait!
George veltchev

Hi Alexei,
Very nice capture. Beautiful pose of the bird, good POV and DOF. Nice composition and BG.

A very detailed portrait of this bird. Good eye contact and composition. Good to see this different species. regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-30 7:54]

Hello Alexei,
A very fine close portrait of the Black, or Cinereous Vulture. The details of the head are perfectly sharp and taken in fine lighting with natural colours against a suitable blurred BG.
It is sad to hear of the drastic decline of both species of vulture, including this one, in Crimea.
I hope that that conservation measures are successful.
Thanks for a fine foto and a good note,
Have a good week,

Hi Alexei,
amazing portrait. Perfect point of view. Nice natural colours. Excellent composition.
Have a nice evening,

Alexei this is SUPER good
great details and beautiful colours
i like this head
thanks greeting lou

Hi Alexei,

Fantastic potrait of this huge bird with fine details & sharpness.
In india too the bird is in danger & now the government is running the captive breeding programme for the specie. I hope the count will increase both in india & CRIMEA.
Well done & TFS.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-30 9:52]

Hi Alexei,
Very beautiful portrait of a Vulture ..
Very beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and perfect details.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic portrait of this amazing and endangered species of vulture.
Lovely details and exceptional clarity.
Perfect shot and exposure.
Thanks for sharing!

Great portrait Alexei! Very good composition, fantastic lighting, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Alex, great portrait of beautiful vulture, fantastic details, wonderful sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-30 10:46]

Hello Alex.
Excellent portrait of this Volture. Great details, colours and exposure, DOF is perfect, excellent defocused BG. Great shot.Best regards Siggi

great portrait Alex, fantastic details and very good definition, excellent light control too, congratulations !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

THIS is INCREDIBLE! SO CLOSE; that beak so blue..this is truly remarkable. AWESOME CAPTURE and my favorite today

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-10-30 12:31]

Hello Alexei,
A superb portrait of this sharp-eyed vulture with excellent details of the beak and plumage. Beautiful colours too against the soft background. Sad to hear that vultures are becoming rare in the Crimea too as in other parts of the world.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-30 12:35]

Hi Alex,this is the pic of a day,fantastic portrait of this vulture that seems happy to be taken by you..ehehe..wonderfull camera settings for a very professional result...just my best compliments,have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alexei,
Very impressive! A top quality portrait of this rare vulture captured from ideal POV with great sharp details. I also like the nice colours, excellent lighting and OOF BG. Interesting note, too. Congratulations!
Best regards,

Hello Alexei friend!
I hope you're very well! ... I'm pretty full of work and so I little access to TN! ... But today I've a bit of time to see more photos!
It's exciting to see the portrait of a bird like this, done with a 75mm macro lens! ... I guess that only happens in a Zoo! ... This is a picture full of fantastic details and a beautiful bird with great attitude! ... Beautiful work! ... I hope the population of these birds may to recover.
Regards from Venezuela; I send you good wishes my friend!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-30 18:42]

Hello Alexei!
Great portrait of this impressive bird! Amazing details and excelent sharpness.Excellent control of lightness! A super pic, indeed! TFS
Nice week!

PS: tnaks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-30 20:42]

Hello Alexei,
A wonderful close-up shot of this endangered bird. Too bad there are so few surviving today. Exceptional detail and attractive natural coloration. I love the good eye contact and unique head features. Very informative notes. Well done!!
Hope you had a fun and memorable time with your granddaughter. They are precious and grow up way too fast.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-30 23:32]

Bonjour Alexei,
Un très beau portrait. Un excellent point de vue. Belle couleurs naturelles. Excellente composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-31 2:50]

hello Alexei,
I almost missed your spectacular shot! What an impresssive portrait again, presented with your usual high quality. How amazing the fine blue tints on the beak and very impressive its way to look. Interesting note too. Very nice to take your grand-daughter in the zoo.
Kind regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-31 9:15]

Hi Alex!
What an impressive close-up! Details are amazing!
Splendid light and natural colours.
Very well done: congratulations.
Have a nice week.
ciao! Vanda

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-31 12:31]

Hello Alexei,
What a splendid portrait with impressive sharpness and details.The POV,colours and DOF are wonderful.Very well done!...
Have a nice week,

Hallo Alexei,
a fantastic portrait of this Vulture, superb sharpness and impressive details, very beautiful colours, excellent point of view and close composition
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-01 2:16]

Hello Alex,
wow this portrait in smashing indeed! what a view with details and sharpness is so excellently executed. How the face it gives, a real stare and gestures.
excellent work in good details and well controlled lighting.
well done indeed. Love it!


Hello Alexei,
Analyzing this exposure, I became aware of my own short comings in photography! This portrait is exceptional in clarity, detail and superb sharpness complimented with beautiful natural colours and a stunning BG. Well done!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-01 11:59]

Bonjour Alexi, outstanding clarity, focus and sharpness. Colors that blend well too. What percing look....very well done, congratulations, best regards, Didier.

Hi alexei,

an very nice portrait image taken by yoy with exellent pov and dof.
Razor sharpness and details.
Fine colors, the blurred bg are nicely done.


excellent portrait the photo performance on top!
regards Nasos

Hello Alexei,
Impressive portrait of this vulture, excellent clarity sharpness, nice eye-contact, nice lighting and beautiful natural colours, very well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Privet Alexei,
Fantastic portrait of the critically endangered vulture species. No more words needed, this is a huge masterpiece. Bravo. I truly hope real Ukrainian nature lovers, like you, manage to save the species from extinction.
Friendly regards, László (Vladyslav)

Hi Alexei,
Excellent image with wonderful details and colors.TFS

Un buen retrato, si Señor !
Excelentes la luz y los colores, centrando toda la importancia
en ese pico tan bien captado.

Un abrazo Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

nice portrait, I wish very much to visit Crimea, TFS Ori

Bonjour Alexei,
Très beau et très expressif portrait.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Alexei,

A wonderful portrait of this impressive fellow..!
The feathers are perfectly reproduced, so is the sharp pointed beak...
And I think he has nice eyes, with a friendly expression!
Well framed and an outstanding presentation!

Pablo -

Hi Alexei, Super clean and super sharp portrait of this fine species my good friend, excellent exposure/white balance to supplement these splendid colour tones, wonderful composition great effort here Alexie and very well done,
Best Regards,


Beautiful capture of this vulture. Happy to hear that the population of this vulture is rising. Hoping this species will survive.

Superb portrait of this vulture friend Alexei. It is very sharp and the eye is making contact with your lens. Excellent focus and framing and thanks for sharing.
Have a Great 2012.

Hello Alexei

WOW ! Amazing portrait of this Vulture,
fine POV, great focus sharpness and details,
the details specially of its plumage, TFS


Alexei, this is a beautiful capture of this vulture. You did a great job getting this shot. Have a great day, Bill

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-01 18:17]

Hello Alexei,
I aspire to shot images of the quality you consistently give us, fantastic work Alexei.

Der Alexei.
very touching portrait.
Amazing couse up, deeply impressing.
Thank you so much, my dear friend.
With best regards and all my best wishes,

Hello Alexei-Excellent picture of this Vulture.The way you have presented is truly beautiful.Feathers look very much real and detailed.I can feel the toughness of the beak.Nice light too.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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