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Black vultures

Black vultures
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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, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil, Nature in Patos de Minas (fauna and flora), Vultures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-26 12:23
Viewed: 4611
Points: 33
[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 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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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-26 13:09]

Excelent composition and details, Livios.
Well done on this one, it brings back memories of Guatemala, 1988. Lots of these were seen. I like the view of when they are soaring.


Great capture Livio,
Great composition, details and colours, sharpness and DOF.
Thanks for posting

Livio, Great exposure with very good details in the black plumage. Nice shot with the two side by side poses here..Well done my friend...

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-26 14:07]

A very nice double capture.
The composition is excellent and so too the exposure showing nice detail.
A great shot,well done.

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-04-26 14:45]

This is a nice picture! I like the pose and the colors.. The dry ground is also interesting.. Good sharpnes and pov and dof..! TFS


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-26 15:32]

Hello Livio, good shot. These look very dark and evil - I know they do a good job but they still look nasty. Very good shot. Well done.

Hi Livio, good exposure and detail, not the prettiest birds around, but well taken.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-26 20:39]

Une bonne photo Levio,un joli contrasre de couleurs et la netteté est excellente.

Félicitations !!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-27 1:51]

I look at them and think of medieval judges. Good capture Livio if this pair. Details and composition are good. Very interesting birds and notes. TFS.

Another great capture Livio. I like the composition and curious look in the birds eye "are you my next meal"? the bare earth is a great background, makes the plumage detaiul stand out really well.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-27 2:07]
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Wonderful shot Livio! Details are great (did you USM a little?) and the colors are superb; I love the red FG & BG. Excellent. Composition is great, it's fantastic that both Vultures are looking another way. Therefore composition is just perfect. POV & DOF are great too. Well done & TFS!

Halo Livio!
Superb shot of this ugly birds :-))))
They are awful but your photo is great :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 3:07]

Nice shot Livio!
Details on black,DOF and simple BG are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-27 3:09]

Most people hate vultures but not me. Nice scene, those two are waiting for dinner ;-) I like desert BG and birds' pose. Good work!

Wonderful photo Livio!
Good details,composition and colors.
Thanks for sharing!

This is a striking shot with the awesome colour in the BG. Funny looking birds, not ugly, just strange. Nice to see a pair! Good work.

Ainda recordo un pequeno Workshop que fixen a un distes amigos teus, noutra foto que publicaches.
Ista esta millor que a outra, mais semella faltarlle un pouco de USM. Tamen pode ser que tehnamos diferentes gostos, e que eu goste de enfocar un pouco mais. Realmente son uns paxaros interesantes, mais un pouco tétricos. :D

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