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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, Vultures in South America, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II), Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 12:11
Viewed: 5952
Points: 66
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Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

*The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, also known in some North American regions as the Turkey Buzzard (or just "buzzard"), is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, it 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. With a wingspan of 173–183 cm (68–72 in) and an average weight of 1.4 kg (3.1 lb),the Turkey Vulture is a large bird. It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak.

The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion.It finds its meals using its sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. In flight, it uses thermals to move through the air, flapping its wings infrequently. It roosts in large community groups. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets, each year generally raising two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation. It has very few natural predators

(*Source: Wikipedia)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-08 12:17]

Hello Selen,
An excellent portrait of this Turkey Vulture
The colors are excellent, with sharp detail in the black plumage. Amazing detail and texture in that head. Great OOF backround to make him stand out so well.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-08 12:22]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Konunun yüksek kontrast içermesine rağmen çok güzel pozlanmış,tüm detayların kusursuz olduğu bir fotograf.Gözdeki canlılık çok etkileyici.Bayağı geniş bir kuş fotografı arşiviniz olmalı:)
Selamlar,iyi bayramlar..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-08 12:33]

Hello Selen,
Great photo of this Vulture in its natural environment. Everything in this photo looks excellent: the sharpness, details in the black plumage, clear colours, composition and POV. Very good pose and OOF BG.

Hi Selen,
A very nice portrait of this bird perched, special for species identification. Good job

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-08 13:32]

Hi Selen. This just about sums me up . Bald and ugly. Ha Ha.
You have done a good job of capturing this Buzzard.A nice pose on the old tree . Natural c0olours with good detail. well done TFS.

Merhaba Selen,
meravigliosa immagine di avvoltoio, catturato in una bella postura e con una definizione che evidenzia molto bene le particolari caratteristiche di questo grande rapace, spettacolare il dettaglio della testa con l'occhio azzurro e il bellissimo contrasto di colori.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-08 16:09]

We can see some of the turkey vulture flying around in Calfirfornia, but I have not seen one up close like this. this is a fantastic details image. Great clarity and sharpness. A very intimedating looking birds. Thanks Selen, another excellent shot, as always. Thanks

Hi Selen,
Excellent capture of Turkey Vulture; very good pose and composition, sharp details, good lighting and colours. What a mean look, like it was just waiting for someone from your group to collapse...
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-08 22:37]

Hi Selen.
You are luck photographer because you can see these birds in wild. Nice natural scene and very attractive pose f the bird. DOF. Details and composition of the image are great. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-08 23:16]

Hello Selen

Great shot of this Turkey Vulture - very good detail and colour, plus great pov.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-12-08 23:39]

Hi Selen!

The vulture is so ugly that it becomes beautiful...


It's so fascinating to realize the difference between the majestic shape a vulture represents in the sky and the not very beautiful aspect it has on the ground! The picture is impressive because of the expression of the bird and its dominant position. You have very well composed the picture, too.

Kind regards


Hello Selen,
Excellent picture, good POV!!!!

Hello Selen Ediger,
This one looks majestic.good pose of the vulture,with great details and composition.

Hi Selen,
Looks great, I like the POV, comp, and pose.
The dark plumage is well exposed, nice color in old baldy there..
Hey - That's me I'm talkin' bout! :)
Well done,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-09 13:04]

Hello \Selen , Exelent capture , great pose perfect shot ,Greetings Teunie .

Merhaba Selen, fantastic portrait of splendid volture, wonderful details and great sharpnesss, very well done, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-10 2:47]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Mükemmel bir kare.
Vaktim dar. Başka karelerde görüşmek dileği ile.


Hi Selen,
that guy has a face, only a mother can love ;-)
Sorry ;-) What a gigantic bird and sitting there in a majestic pose, I like it thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-10 12:16]

Hello Selen,
Superb portrait of a Turkey Vulture! I won't say it's beautiful but you're certainly showing its features very well!! Excellent focus, sharpness and colours in this fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-10 13:19]

Hi Selen,
a very good photograph of this Turkey Vulture!
Superb clarity and sharpness.
Perfectly exposed.
Great DOF.

Well done,

Merhaba Selen,
An imposing capture of this well know for me vulture.
You've made a very good vertical composition with the help of the trunks.
Great to have caught him on the wild, and so close.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Selene,
Nice shot of this bird, the POV and perch is adding to the overall appeal of the shot. TFS

Merhaba Selen,
Good front pose on this Turkey vulture!
I really enjoyed the sharpness and colour on it!
also thanks for the notes as well
take care and regards

Hello Selen,
Excellent photograph of Turkey Vulture with great sharpness, details & colors. In particular, the eye with clear pupil has come out very well and has natural colors. The lichen infested tree branches are adding to the reality of wilderness of the reserve. TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-15 10:48]

Hi Selen,
excellent portrait of this quite Ugly looking Bird! Well composed with great detail in the dark feathers too, well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-16 7:34]

Hi Selen
Nice capture.Good POV and sharp image.Colors and detail are also great.I like your subject pose.
TFS Michel

Selen merhaba ,
Güzel bir kare olmuş ,
Fotoğrafında kuşun 2 özelliği dikkat çekiyor ;
Burun deliğinin ( nostril ) genişliği ( Yiyeceklerini bizim Akbaba lardan farklı olarak daha çok koku alarak bulmalarından olsa gerek )
Birde ayaklarının bir Accipitridae den daha çok Cicconidae ayaklarına benzemesi , zaten tüm New World Vultures ( Cathartidae ) de böyleymiş .
Selamlar .

bizdekileri andırmakla birlikte çok daha değişik bir grup. elinize sağlık Selen hanım. çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-17 9:51]

merhaba selen hanım
güzel bir türmüş doğrusu
pozu, bakış açısı ve renkleriyle nefis görünüyor
eline sağlık

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-17 13:00]

Hello Selen,
I missed this 'beauty'!
Excellent portrait of a Turkey Vulture taken from a great POV with superb technical qualities to show all the features, great eye contact too.
TFs this fine image,
Best wishes,

Merhaba Selen Hanım, muhteşem bir kare olmuş. Duruşunu çok sevdim.
Elinize sağlık.


Hi Selen,

Apologies for not coming past for a while I’m still trying to catch up with a lot of missed posting.

What a wonderful shot of this Turkey Vulture. The detail in the black plumage is excellent, love the POV and pose you've captured; this is one very proud and very impressive looking bird, lovely work.

Have a great Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Cheers Rick :))

Beautiful photo of the Turkey Vulture! This specie is not easily found here in Rio de Janeiro... I like the focus and natural light!

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