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Cathartes aura

Cathartes aura
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-10-05 14:29
Viewed: 4448
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It also known in some North American regions as the Turkey Buzzard (or just "buzzard"), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John Crow or Carrion Crow. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, the Turkey Vulture is the most widespread of the New World vultures, ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts. The Turkey Vulture is a large bird. It has a wingspan of 170–183 cm (67–72 in), a length of 64–81 cm (25–32 in), and weight of 0.85–2.26 kg (1.9–5 lb), It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak. Its life expectancy in the wild ranges upward of 16 years, with a captive life span of over 20 years being possible.

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This photo is taken in the Isla de Chiloé, Region de Los Lagos, Chile.

They can see another picture of Cathartes aura infligth in workshop

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-10-05 14:42]

Hi Ferran

Lovely shot - with good focus - of this Turkey Vulture. I really like the pose too.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-10-05 16:59]

Hi Ferran,

A wonderful capture of this Turkey Vulture posing on the rocks of the waterfall. The feathers of this huge bird are beautiful. Fine details and colors of both the feathers and the pink face. A wonderful setting and composition. I love the in-flight in the workshop too.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-10-05 19:59]

Hello Ferran,
This image is great Ferran, the focus, exposure and composition are first rate, thanks for sharing this fine piece of work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-05 22:17]

Hello Ferran,
An excellent capture of the Turkey Vulture at what looks like the cliffs of its nesting site. The dorsal POV with its head turned shows its features with superb sharpness in a good composition.
The WS in-flight is superb, the lighting making it very attractive.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-06 4:57]

Hi Ferran,an excellent original shot. i like its red haed very much . Very sharp and well detailed capture.
the patterns of the feathers is indeed very beutiful.


Hola Ferran,
splendida cattura di questo rapace in una bella posa sulle rocce, ottimo il contrasto di colori e la nitidezza.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-06 10:37]

Hi Ferran,

Another splendid image. Excellent capture. Excellent description.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-06 11:52]

Hi Ferran. A fine picture of this fantastic looking bird. I like the pose with the bird look back. with the bird in its natural sourndings. tTaken with good detail well done TFS.

Hello Ferran,

a good picture from this bird with good pov and dof.

Fine colours.


hello Ferran

an excellent photo of the Turkey Vulture shot with fine POV, DOF
and appropriate framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
you managed superbly your camera to get details of the dark plumage,



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