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Three Black Vultures

Three Black Vultures
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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: 2017-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM+1.4xTC
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-04 10:22
Viewed: 900
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These three black vultures were watching me as I photographed birds at Conowigo Dam, MD, part of a group of about 20 of this species that congregated there. There is something unnerving about being silently observed for an hour or so by scavengers, so I turned my camera on them and observed a great deal of social behavior such as mutual grooming (looking for insects and such in each other's feathers and even seeming to kiss). The one on the right seemed to be a bit envious of the two that seemed to be closely involved with each other - mates, perhaps? The bird on the right had also had its wing tagged, which I will show in an additional photo.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-04 18:18]

Hello Alan,
Nice clear shot of this trio of Black Vultures interacting with each other. Would have been nice if the light pole was a tree, but at times you either take what you get or completely miss the photo. Sharply focused and attractively framed. I don't believe I have ever seen a vulture with a wing tag...interesting.

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