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The black vulture

The black vulture
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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: 2005-04-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, Canon TC-DC58A
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil, Nature in Patos de Minas (fauna and flora), Vultures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-25 13:21
Viewed: 3979
Points: 20
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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 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)

To take this picture, I went to a place some two kilometers away from the town, where vultures can be easily found. It’s there the trucks leave the trash they take in the urban area. Of course, the smell was not pleasant, but, despite that, I think it was worthwhile going there.

sAner, marhowie, PDP, Signal-Womb, AndyB, scottevers7, liquidsunshine, dew77, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-25 14:28]

Hello Livio, very nice shot of this large bird. I like the surroundings and the blue BG. Very good.

Great shot Livio, that looks like quite a large bird it must have climbed up there :P Great work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-25 16:51]

Very well captured.
I like the vivid colours and the composition and POV is very good too.
Good work,well done.

Livio, An excellent capture on this Black Vulture. He really stands out against that blue sky. Good color and detail in this excellent composition. Nice Notes!!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-26 5:48]

Wonderful pose Livio!
Blue sky,green leaves and well detailed model are perfect.Excellent composition.

Lvio. I like the setting with the green leaves and blue sky that add good colors to the frame..Nice pose with the vulture seeming to peak around the green to see what you are up to! ;-) Well done!

Hello Livio! Good catch! You capture all these birds in the wild where most of us have to go to the Zoo to see them. Really well done. I like the colors and the composition and the effort (read: smell) you had to go through to make this picture. The focus seems a wee bit soft. I tried a workshop, hope you like it. TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-26 7:11]

Belle et intéressante photographie cet étrange oiseau. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

Very nice capture Livio,
As Pieter says, A zoo is our only option to see these magnificent vultures. So to see the vulture in it's natural surroundings is a real bonus.Great composition, details and colours.
Thanks for posting.

Nice shot, good POV and pose. focus a little soft on the face.

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