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Three fellows

Three fellows
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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: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), Birds' interaction with different bird species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 0:55
Viewed: 4921
Points: 60
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Two adult egyptian vultures and a white stork resting on the rocks of the garbage dump

White stork
Ciconia ciconia

Egyptian Vulture
Neophron percnopterus
TR: Kucuk Akbaba
Red list status: Endangered

Egyptian vultures are summer visitors of Turkey, and they also breed here. They spend the winters in Africa and India.

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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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-30 1:06]
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Hi Selen,

A nice capture ,well composed and a quite unusual sight to see a stork with vultures on one capture,a nice composition but I guess the smell on this place was perhaps not that nice,anyway thanks for this unusual picture,


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-30 1:09]

Hi Selen,
What a combination! Great capture, these vultures are magnificent birds, pity that they are on garbage dump!
nice composition,

best regards, Dejan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-30 1:43]

Hello Selen,
How marvellous to capture these two species together! I don't exactly associate the White Stork with Vultures! Great shot, very sharp and fine light. Very well composed too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 1:50]

Hello Selen,
This is a fine example of how useful carbage dumps are not only to raptors, crows and storks but to us photographers. One wonders what poisons these birds take in!
Nice composition of two Egyptian Vultures and one White Stork standing on the boulders.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-30 2:08]

Hi Selen,
very nice and unusual combination of birds here, well composed against the blue sky with good detail in both birds and rock.

Dear Selen
Excellent shot of these three fellows ;O)
Perfect focusing,composition and POV,
Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

Hi Selen
Nice meeting. Two species on one shot ;_) I have never seen Egyptian Vulture in nature.

I think that you could do a little highlights reduction here
Best wishes

Hi Selen
What a cool group shot of this three birds. Nice details and colours on this one.
Well done and TFS

nice combination! TFS Ori

Interesting image - and garbage dumps are always a good place for birders - around here you find Bald Eagles hunting for rodents at the dumps. Good detail in all the birds. Like the open space.
Well done, Selen.
Cheers, Klaus

Good composition which resulted from your low POV Selen, but wouldn't a sightly tighter cropping improve it?

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-30 8:40]

Excellent shot Selen!
You have captured two verydifferent species in one photo!
Very sharp with great clarity and sharpness.
Superb colours.
Nice composition.
Well done,

Merhaba Selen,
great moment to capture three together in a fine pov!
good sharpness, colour and details in the composition!
a pleasant shot

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-30 10:29]

Hi Selen.
I like this attractive trio and very impressive surroundings. Excellent POV and framing. Strong sunlight illuminates the scene very nicely. Details and sharpness of the birds and rocks are wonderful as well as the light-blue sky. My best wishes and kind regards. Excellent job.

Merhaba Selen, Wow this is a rare sight 3 different birds near each other. Very nicely composed, sharp well spotted and taken tfs selamlar Necip.

Selen merhaba,
Üçü bir arada etkileyici bir kare oluşturmuş. Eline sağlık. Selamlar

Hi Selen,
So we're hangin' out at the garbage dump then?
Hey, you go where the action is :)
Great image with nice detail, color, exposure, and an interesting composition. Very good DOF as well, to get all three in nicely.
Well done!

Hi Selen

Very well seen!! The colors are natural and the composition is excellent. Perhaps you would have benefitted by using a polariser for this one, since the light looks a little harsh and the sky is a dull hazy blue. Then again it is important to potray the natural environment as real as possible!

Many thanks and Best

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 21:38]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful shot of this trio perched on that huge boulder. The blue sky presents a fine perspective and I like the different postures captured. Good light management and a great composition. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 23:51]

Hi Selen

A lovely grouping well captured despite very bright light. Good division of the frame too.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2008-01-31 1:14]

Merhaba Selen,
Long time, no see. You could call this "the good, the bad and the ugly". Very nice capture of the trio.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-31 2:16]

Merhaba Selen hanım, bu üçlü kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş. Tebrikler..

Hello Selen,
A fine capture of the trio on the rocks!
It is a pleasant composition with good diagonal lines, and it is fun to see the different attention of the birds...
And those guys can fine food everywhere, hehehe!
Pablo -

merhaba Selen hanım,
üç beyazın hep zararlı olduğunu söylerlerdi ama sizin üçlü tersine çok faydalı. güzel ve net bir kompozisyon olmuş. netlik ve ışık da çok iyi. elinize sağlık, iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-31 11:50]

Hi Selen

What an unusual group of birds. I would image these two species hanging out together :). Lovely composition and nicely sharp



Hi Selen,
Really nice capture of these three birds, love the low POV, and the composition is perfect, really good detail in all three birds and they stand out well against the blue sky nice work all the best Cheers Rick :) (P.s back with points my smilies have gone missing) :o)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-02 9:30]

Hello Selen,nice shot of these three birds, very well composed with a great technique, thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 13:43]

Hello Selen

Excellent exposure ,with sharp focus and details.
The colours are vivid and well saturated.
I like the composition and the three are well placed in the frame.
The sky is beautiful and makes a wonderful back drop.
Excellent POV.


What a nice point of view. There is a lot of brightness in this image, but the birds still show the details. Very fortunate to see this!
Best wishes.

üçünü beraber güzel yakalamıssın sevdiğin çoklu görüntüler gibi ellerine saglık Selen

Hi Selen , very strange photo for Vulture's postures or body-languages , also Stork has a Schoepenhauer's mood :)) ...

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