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Morning at the Roost

Morning at the Roost
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-31 4:43
Viewed: 3007
Points: 22
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Hi All,
Todays posting is of a Turkey Vulture just awaking up on its roost tree, a panned out shoot is in the Workshop. When I took these images I made a discovery of sorts, when in a new area one should watch where one is going. I got my legs scratched to shreads on a vine I had never seen before it was like it grabbed me and didn't want to let go. Anyway I got some images and the scratches healed so all is well. This scene reminded me of a cartoon where the vultures are saying what do you want to do, I don't know what do you want to do.

Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

General Description

By Lee Sollenberger

The Turkey Vulture is widespread throughout much of North and South America. It is a semi-rare summer resident of Alberta, most likely to be seen in the eastern Aspen Parkland part of the province, mostly south of a line east of Edmonton. In flight, during the summer, they are usually seen singly. When feeding, they are gregarious, often seen perching and sunning together.

Turkey Vultures are scavengers, subsisting entirely on carrion. With the coming of the automobile, they are most often seen feeding on roadkills. They do not have the strong feet or sharp claws of raptors, but do have a similar strong hooked beak that they use for tearing flesh off of a carcass. Their feeding habits make Turkey Vultures a beneficial species, cleansing the land of death and disease.

The Turkey Vulture's preferred nesting habitat is in secluded areas, away from the eyes of humans. Nesting is often in a cave or rock crevice. Hollow logs are used in forested areas. In recent years, they have been found nesting in unused buildings, especially those now surrounded by trees. If available, the preferred site is on the second floor. No nest material is ever used. The two white to cream-colored eggs are laid in the darkest recess. Both sexes incubate for 38-41 days. The young, covered in white down, are fed by regurgitation by both parents. They are capable of flight when about 11 weeks old.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-31 5:43]

Hello Rick,
superb shot of the Turkey Vulture, fine POV and framing,
i love the all blurred background, excellent sharpness and details of the foreground, superb eye-contact
Regards Siggi

very nice composition, try to brighten the pic a little, the sky is too dark. TFS Ori

Hi Rick, Wonderful capture of this Turkey Vulture roosted on a dried trunk with excellent details and sharpness my friend. Its facial expession which you captured here lovely:).
TFS and have a nice weekend!

In this image it is playing the game "I am Not Ugly":-) I suppose all things in nature have a beauty which perhaps only other natural things can see or feel...vultures....so symbolic..and always in ways associated with the passing of another animal or God forbid a human..although in some small way they can be a detector for us in their circling above....Very nice image of one at rest..perhaps content for some reason we wish not to know!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-31 12:00]

Hello Rick,
Great photo of this Turkey Vulture. The contrasting colours against the blue BG are very beautiful. A pity are the branches above his head, but that's nature.
Excellent sharpness and POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-31 14:01]

Hi Rick. What a fine capture of the amazing looking bird. It has a small face for its size, Good detail and colours. I should love to see such a bird one day. well done TFs.
Ps Just had a look at the work shop fantastic with all nine.

Be careful. A blackberry vine reached out and grabbed my husband last summer and he fell forward tearing his hamstring! Some vines can be nasty.

This is a nice shot. I'm impressed with the size of his feet. It is nice that he is isolated against a clear blue sky.

Evelynn : )

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-31 18:29]

I've only seen them fly, and once right over our heads. But this is great, being close to them, on their roosting tree. They are majectic birds even though they are "vultures" and it shows on your picture. the notes are great as well, dear Rick, thank you!


Superb shot of this vulture, my friend Rick!
Very well seen and captured!

Ciao Rick,
interessanti entrambe le immagini che mostrano i rapaci riuniti in "roost", ottima la composizione con l'uccello fra i rami e BG azzurro del cielo, molto buona la definizione dei dettagli dell'occhio e del piumaggio, belli e contrastati i colori.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-01 15:01]

Wow you do get a loooot of creatures over in Canada! I would love to live there.
A very good portrait of this Turkey Vulture.
Excellent sharpness.
Great composition.
Superb BG.

Well done,

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