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Black Vulture

Black Vulture
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-02-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-02-12 10:33
Viewed: 1231
Points: 8
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A Black Vulture on outlook duty above Great Falls, Maryland.

Heavy cloud +/- 1 hour after sunrise. 850mm focal length.


With sooty black plumage, a bare black head, and neat white stars under the wingtips, Black Vultures are almost dapper. Whereas Turkey Vultures are lanky birds with teetering flight, Black Vultures are compact birds with broad wings, short tails, and powerful wingbeats. The two species often associate: the Black Vulture makes up for its poor sense of smell by following Turkey Vultures to carcasses. Highly social birds with fierce family loyalty, Black Vultures share food with relatives, feeding young for months after they’ve fledged.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-02-12 12:35]

Hello Alan,
What a fantastic image of this Black Vulture perched above Great Falls. The exposure is superb with the light grey BG in contrast to its jet black plumage. Exceptional detail of bird, boulder and two trees which frame it quite well. Its facial features are easily seen, even its tiny eye. Your Sigma 150-600MM did a great job for you!!

indeed black, and impressive, TFS Ori

Hello Alan

Wonderful shot of the Black Vulture, with very fine POV
and framing, beautiful perspective, great details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-02-22 15:15]

Hi Alan,in perfect pose for you like a movie star...ehehe...magnificent capture of this black vulture wating for something on the rock,great sharpness and a nice watch on the habitat around it,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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