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*Black Vulture*

*Black Vulture*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-11 4:43
Viewed: 3712
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
...continuing with the animals of the Everglades.
Besides the many alligators i was able to capture a
couple differentkinds of birds - here presented are
two Black Vultures.


The (American) Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus,
is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range
extends from the southeastern United States to Central
Chile and Uruguay in South America. Although a common
and widespread species, it has a somewhat more
restricted distribution than its compatriot, the
Turkey Vulture, which breeds well into Canada and
south to Tierra del Fuego. Despite the similar name
and appearance, this species is unrelated to the
Eurasian Black Vulture. The latter species is an Old
World vulture in the family Accipitridae (which
includes eagles, hawks, kites and harriers), whereas
the American species is a New World vulture. It is the
only extant member of the genus Coragyps, which is in
the family Cathartidae. It inhabits relatively open
areas which provide scattered forests or
shrublands. With a wingspan of 1.5 m the American
Black Vulture is a large bird though relatively small
for a vulture. It has black plumage, a featherless,
grayish-black head and neck, and a short, hooked beak.
The American Black Vulture is a scavenger and feeds on
carrion, but will also eat eggs or kill newborn
animals. In areas populated by humans, it also feeds
at garbage dumps. It finds its meals either by using
its keen eyesight or by following other (New World)
vultures, which possess a keen sense of smell. Lacking
a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only
vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It lays its
eggs in caves or hollow trees or on the bare ground,
and generally raises two chicks each year, which it
feeds by regurgitation. In the United States, the
vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Black_Vulture ]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 20.04.2009 16:19:46
Aufnahmemodus Blendenautomatik
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/320
Av (Blendenzahl) 10.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 250
Objektiv EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Brennweite 135.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
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Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 2:Ein
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Ein
Tonwert Priorität 1:Möglich
Dateigröße 4293 KB
Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-12 7:49]

Hello Thorsten,
An excellent capture of a couple of Black Vultures
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: none, a fine capture of these two scavengers, reminding me of when I saw them in Trinidad
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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