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Vulture beauty

Vulture beauty
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-08 13:35
Viewed: 4694
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vulture is the name given to a group of 15 species of birds in the Old World. The largest of these has a wingspan of up to 2.8 m and weighs up to 8.5 kg. The various species occur in southern Europe, India, Africa, the Near East, Japan, and Korea. Possessing keen vision, the vulture can see the carcasses of dead animals and the movements and activities of other scavengers, birds, or mammals from great distances. The vulture also prefers open spaces, foraging over grassland, thornbush, macchia, karoo, desert, and other sparsely vegetated regions, while it avoids large forested areas.
Despite their powerful bill, most species of vultures have difficulty in penetrating the hides of larger mammals, and often have to wait for some decomposition to take place or for the activities of other scavengers, such as the hyena, to open the carcass. Their long neck is usually nude, like their head, enabling them to reach deep inside the dead animal on which they feed. Unlike birds of prey, the talons of Old World vultures are relatively weak and unsuitable as weapons of attack. Their large, powerful wings, however, allow them to soar for hours at a time on the warm air currents. In their role as one of nature's "garbage collectors," the vulture performs an effective and useful function.

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Yes another birdshot.I took it on Antwerpen Zoo, an old beautiful Zoo with many secies. I looked on the web for the official specie, but I could not find the sort. Maeby someone can help me with the name. I hope you like the shot.

sAner, Fisher, PDP, naki, AndyB, chiliu, liquidsunshine, jhm, Comandante, marhowie, Signal-Womb, dew77, TAZ, olontur, verypete has marked this note useful
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-08 13:37]
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Hi Jaap,

I really like the pose of the bird, the composition and the details in the eye and on the black plumage. The white feathers however are OE and so is the light part on the beak. The BG is great and so is DOF. Well done & TFS!


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-08 14:09]

Excellent portrait of the Vulture. Well done on the composition.

The whites are O.E.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-08 14:43]
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Hi Jaap, nice portrait. I like the composition/tight crop and the focus is very good. The only critisisms I have is that the whites are over-exposed and the black feathers in the bottom right look like a little too much noise reduction has been done. Apart from that, great shot.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-07-08 15:27]
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Hi Jaap, what a beautiful eye colour it has. This is a nice composition filled with the vultures head. My major nit is to the overexposed areas at the tip of the bill and the back of the head.
Anyway a nice picture to look at.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-08 15:47]

An excellent portrait Jaap,
The eye detail and colour is superb.
Very good composition and framing,great DOF.
An ugly bird for sure,but very well captured!


Obviuosly is not one of your best exposed photos, but I must say the big details are very well seen. The black feathers look lovely. Regards, Felipe.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-07-08 17:09]

This bird is sure ugly.... But your picture is lovely with a good and detailed bird in a fine composition...I like what I see...TFS...Ina...

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-08 18:05]

Very nice portrait!
Very good sharpness, details, colour, POV.

Great shot Jaap,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, good POV and DOF. A shame about bits of OE, but still a good capture
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-07-09 3:01]

Goedemorgen Jaap,

Dit zou ik niet durven dergelijke macro maken, maar wat één, de kwaliteit is van de bovenste plank, ook is het wit op de zijkant aanwezig, de ogen en de kop samen met de bek overstemmen alles, prachtig werk wat u ons laat zien Jaap, en zeggen dat dit gemaakt is met uw (oud !!!) toestel.

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful vulture portrait.Clear eyes,details,POV and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Jaap, Great details, that red eye is especially sharp and clear. OE aside, an excellent profile portrait, Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-09 14:08]

Jaap, I don't know if I have already told you I do enjoy vultures. I myself have already taken many pictures of them.

I do like your shot. Excellent details and composition, great pov. The red eye is a great "bonus".

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

Very good portrait of this vulture! I like the composition and details of the face and black feathers. Only whites are OE but still a good capture! TFS


Love the tight composition on this Jaap, nice details, only nit being the OE. Well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-10 9:39]

Hi Jaap!
Interesting, nice portrait. Good colours and note. I like it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-11 0:57]

Hi Jaap,
Interesting portrait of this peciluar vulture...Whites are overexposed but very good shot of this red eyed bird.TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-11 3:31]

Wow ! The bird is not beautiful but the shot is beautiful ;-)
Composition, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing Jaap.

Aside from the slight over-exposure, it's a great picture! Thanks for sharing!

This should be a south american condor, Vultur gryphus, but I'm not sure...


Jaap..goeie avond,
Foto van een echte Belg:-)?
Heb van dezelfde knaap een foto gemaakt.
Zoo Antwerpen....
Vergeet ook altijd de ID van 't bordje te noteren, druk doende zijnde bij 't fotograferen.
Leuk portret, goede compo.

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