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Face to face

Face to face
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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: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 4:58
Viewed: 3887
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Vulture
Neophron percnopterus
TR: Kucuk Akbaba
Red list status: Endangered

Egyptian vultures are summer visitors of Turkey, and they also breed here. It winters in Africa and India.
The image is taken from the hills of the garbage dump in Beypazari.

The Egyptian Vulture, (Neophron percnopterus) also known as Scavenger Vulture is a small Old World vulture, found from N. Africa to South west Asia. It is the only member of the genus Neophron.

The adult's plumage is black and white. Its facial skin is yellow (it turns orange during nesting periods) and devoid of feathers. The tail is diamond shaped, so it is easily distinguished in flight. The nestlings are dark brown and gradually become light by adulthood at the age of 5.

The adult Egyptian Vulture usually measures 85 cm from the point of the beak to the extremity of the tail and 1.7m between the tips of the wings. It weighs about 2.1 kilograms.

Egyptian Vultures are quite widely distributed and can be found in South Europe, N. Africa, West and South Asia. They are partial migrants, depending on the local climate. If the Egyptian Vulture can endure the local winter it will usually not migrate. It is not well adjusted to cold weather conditions, mainly because of its surface area-volume ratio that causes a quick loss of heat.

Egyptian Vultures are scavengers, mainly feeding off carrion, but they also prey on small mammals and eggs.

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Gorgeous and in a very interesting perspective. Well captured, Selen!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Selen
Simple and beautiful, great POV nice diagonal composition. I like it very much

Hi Selen
Nice action shot of this Vulture. Well composed and presented.

Hi Selen,
Una foto estupenda, tomada desde un ángulo inmejorable, la composición en diagonal es muy buena, pero lo que más me gusta es la cara del ave.

merhaba Selen hanım,
çekimin netliği, güzelliği kadar başlık ve açısını da çok beğendim. yırtıcıları her zaman ustalıkla görüntülüyorsunuz. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

Well composed and I like this "face to face" POV Selen.
Great detail, color, and exposure also :)
Well done.

Ohhh. what a composition!
I like the diagonal composition. Perfect focus on it's head. It's like he is coming to get you! Awesome capture, neat and clean!

Merhaba Selen,
Right in a collision course! :-)
Excellent POV to have this inflight shot done.
I like the details seen on the bird's head, and the pose works great for the composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
Warm regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-22 6:10]

Hi Selen,

A well diagonal composed capture,the exposure and focus are spot on,which is not that easy on an inflighing vulture,well done and thanks for uploading this post,


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-22 6:17]

Selamlar Selen hanım,
çok güzel ve keskin bir kare fotograflamışsınız Tebrik ederim

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-22 7:33]

Very impressive shot Selen!
The head-on POV is amazing!
Dynamic composition.
Great sharpness and clarity.
Nice lighting as well.
Very well done,

Perfect POV and correct exposure Selen, the result of course is an excellent composition. TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 11:05]

Hi Selen

The sheer respect that these birds command is perfectly expressed here and there elegance in their flight is superbly captured by you.
The Egyptian Vultures are definitely something i want to see live in nature, but until i do, i am very happy to see and learn more about them in your beautiful photos.
Splendid diagonal composition, impeccable clarity and spot-on exposure - as usual!

Bravo and TFS

Selam Selen,
Good captured on the vulture with a head on in flight pose!
from here, we can see how wide are the wings that spread across compare the body size!
excellent sharpness on the head and eyes with perfect exposure and focus
very well done

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-22 12:15]

Bonjour Selen
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière. Belle diagonale.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-22 13:26]

Hi Selen

Quitr frankly - superb. The line of the wings with the light catching the head is excellent. I spent some time shooting raptors in Japan, so now have some idea how difficult these shots are.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-22 14:08]

Hi Selen,

What a great picture. Not easy to get them all in focus as they fly toward us. You've managed to capture this eagle with such sharpness and an amazing focus overall. Congratulations!


Hi Selen,
Fantastic in flight shot of this Egyptian vulture POV is excellent, {was it scavenging in the garbage dump}! Amazing wingspan and the lighting is perfect, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-22 17:24]

Hello Selen,
Outstanding in flight with great point of view. The details captured and his wing span are fabulous, thank you for sharing.

Hello Selen,
Shot to perfection like it's going to crash on your lens. Superb details on the face at full spanned wings.
Well done .

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-22 19:56]

Hi Selen
Great action capture
Nice Sharpness and detail
Good composition
tfs jon

Hi Selen

Fantastic capture - the head cocked to catch that glitter of light in its eye! Excellent moment!


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  • krk Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 2 N: 0] (78)
  • [2008-01-22 21:14]
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What a great composition!!! Excellent capture Keep it up.

Hello Selen,
great shot indeed, I like so much his glance, focus is excellent , lovely colours and realy nice composition,

This "coming at you" view is sweet! I always wish to get this style, but it rarely happens.Nice attention to the intensity on the eyes.
The settings are very good, and you have the wings stopped just right.
Thanks for showing this Selen.
Take care

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-23 1:40]

Hi Selen.
Unique POV and great composition of the picture. Terrific timing and sharpness. Bravo.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-23 6:22]

Hello Selen, what a great encounter with that Vulture, very nice inflight shot, great details and very good composition, well done, thanks !


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-23 7:34]

Hello Selen,
Once again a superb in-flight of a raptor I would very much like take.
I am impressed by the sharp front view showing the main features of this juvenile Egyptian Vulture set in an excellent diagonal composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-23 11:31]

Hi Selen,
amazing shot, beautiful in-flight capture, great sharpness and perfect pose,
great composition
best regards, Dejan

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-23 12:45]

Merhaba Selen hanım nefis bir poz olmuş keyifle izledim ellerinize sağlık.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-23 13:47]

Hello Selen,
Excellent sharp detailed focus, great colours and a marvelous composition. Very impressive photo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-24 8:41]

Hello Selen

A beautiful in flight capture,the diagonal composition is lovely.
The look in this bird's eye is intense.
Wonderful sharpness and detail.
The colours are natural and well saturated.


Merhaba Selen the composition is good and POV is excellent. Good sharpness selamlar Necip

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2008-01-28 4:33]

Merhaba Selen,
Akbabayı müthiş bir kompozisyonla yakalamışsın. Umarım bunu büyük basarsın 70x100cm gibi.


Kadraj harika güzel bir poz elleine saglık selen

Merhaba Selen , küçük halinden önce Beynamda Şah Kartal çektin sandım :) K. Akbaba kağıt gibi ince ve çok ilginç çıkmış .

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