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Spread your wings

Spread your wings
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 58mm UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-29 22:19
Viewed: 4305
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coragyps atratus

Geographic Range

Black Vultures are resident in tropical and warm temperate from southern Canada to southern South America including continental United States of America. In the northern parts of their range they have a southward migration in the fall and a returning spring migration.


The Black Vulture prefers an open habitat and avoids dense forests as much as possible. Such habitats include lowlands with adjacent highlands, open fields, desert terrain, garbage dumps, and urban or rural centers.

Physical Description

The Black Vulture is a... black, large bird with a wingspan of 137-152 cm, a length of 50-69. The sexes are alike and the adults and the young have black, wrinkled bare skin on the head and neck. Adults have brown. Black Vultures have weak feet, adapted more for running than for clutching and relatively weak bills. The black vulture's feet stretch past its short tail. In flight, a short, square tail and a large white patch on the undersurface of the wing at the base of the primaries distinguishes them from turkey vultures, another large new world vulture which often occurs in the same area. These birds have been observed to live as long as 21 years in captivity and the oldest wild captured banded bird was 16 years old.

(Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coragyps_atratus.html)

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Great capture of the spread wings, Livio, but too bad about the ground being overexposed. This is a difficult exposure with bright sunshine and the bird being black.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-30 6:16]

Bonjour Livio,

Pas facile de prendre une prise à contre jour. Le résultat ici est très bon les couleurs et les détails du plumage sont biens. La pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et le cadrage est bien.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Livio

Nice display of the wings. Looks like he is proud of his wingspan and wants to share with you how grand he looks. Nice timing. Maybe a tighter crop would have suited better to remove so of the OE BG. :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-31 2:43]

Hello Livio!
Lovely capture.I liked POV,moment you caught and composition
a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Livio,
"Spread your wings" and fly...fly sucker, fly!! How's that for a dumb critique?..
Hey, you can grade me on my comments you know..or not ;) Have a great weekend mf.
Well done.

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