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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: 2006-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vultures, Vultures in South America, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-19 13:03
Viewed: 4622
Points: 56
[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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Hi Livio,Great POV, composition. It is great to see such symmetry in any subject. Perfect. Liked it veru much.

TFS, Kiran.

beautiful shot of this powerful creature..i thought for a minute it might be a condor..
i did the w/s to enlighten the wing structure

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-19 13:29]

wauw I love it Livio,
a fantastic capture in flight, great composition, fantastic contrast, very good details, good job.
gr. jaap

Hi, Livio - I see you've been busy! This is a very nice flight shot of the Black Vulture, and I like the way you've given it some space in the frame. I've posted a quick WS as an alternate to lift the underside detail a little without turning the bird brown or altering the very nice sky colour. I hope you like it..
Regards, Nigel.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-19 13:48]

Hay Livio ,Fantastic flight good compositie,
good details,very nice ,good work,
groeten ,Teunie .

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-19 13:59]

Hi Livio,
Great in-flight shot, nice detail and composition. Really nice colours on the wingtips.

Unha bonita foto.
A composicion e moi acertada, e o traslus do contorno perfeito.
Gostei do worshop de Nigel.
Coma sempre, ollei as ultimas que publicaches, e foi un pracer, gostei moito.
Saudos amigo.

excellent capture in flight... lovely composition... nice light and detail... regards;)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-19 14:36]

Classic soaring pose for this black vulture. A different POV of this scavenger. Love the light feathers splayed out at the tip of the wings in perfect detail and light. TFS. : )

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-19 15:21]

Hi Livio,
Excellent action shot with good timing,
great colours and nice blue sky on the background.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-19 15:25]

Hello Livio,
great capture, this bird has an amazing wing span. Great colors and sharp details. Wonderful action shot.

Hello Livio
Cette prise de vue est extra,ce vautour pris en plein vol est d'une netteté étonnante les couleurs sont très belles
Bravo ...JP

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-19 18:41]

Great capture of this bird sailing above in the deep blue sky Livio!
Excellent composition!
Well done!

Tres belle cette photo Livio. Pas facile d'obtenir l'éclairage parfait pour ce genre de photo. La tienne est tres nette et on voit bien la tète de l'oiseau.

Hi Livio,
An excellent in-flight! Great composition and framing. The exposure is good with very nice colors. I love those highlighted wing tips. The blue sky backround looks great.

A perfect moment to capture this scene, Livio.

And a perfect scene captured.

Well done and thank you!

Why no more signatures?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-19 21:58]

Ah, the Judge again. Stunning in-flight shot Livio. Good colours and sharpness against the blue of the sky. Well done, TFS

Hello, Livio

What a majestic flight of this vulture!
Great colour and details on the feathers at the tips of the wings. Beautiful blue in the sky.

Regards, Petru

Hi Livio

Fantastic shot. Good POV and light. Lovely depth of colour on the wing tips. Tack sharp with crisp, clear details. Good work. Thanks.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-02-20 4:11]

Hi Livio,
good shot, fantastic bird. I like it. Good colours and sharpness. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-20 6:52]

A wee bit underexposed but still very impressive. Excellent pose and perfect composition. Well done Livio & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-20 7:45]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful action capture.I liked POV,framing,full opened wings,
lighting and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Olá Livio,
não posso dizer que o Urubu é um pássaro bonito, mas posso afirmar que a foto está ótima, muito bem fotografada por você, ótima composição!"!"!


Francisco Sales

Fly me happy ;-)
Very nice Livio. Very well done mf.

netteté irreprochable livio
c'est un tres beau cliché.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-20 22:24]


Excellente prise Livio,j'aime bien l'éclairage et les détails du plumage.

Félicitations et merci!


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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-02-21 7:36]

Hi Livio

Another superb capture. Great composition and POV. Well stopped in flight. Great work! TFS


I just got back from Peru in time to view this awesome inflight shot of this really cool vulture, excellent Livio! :)

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