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Number 400: the King Vulture

Number 400: the King Vulture
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-17 3:21
Viewed: 3606
Points: 18
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My 400 th posture is all about the King Vulture. I saw this colorful bird in world's biggest birdpark: Walsrode.
I went there yesterday and although it rained for almost the whole day I took a couple of photo's during the very rare dry moments.

Like other vultures, the king vulture is a scavenger. These large birds glide on air currents, conserving energy while searching the forests or savanna below for the corpses of dead animals. Because of their unappetizing eating habits, they fill an ecological niche, and may help to prevent the spread of disease by disposing of rotting remains.

King vultures have a very colorful look that distinguishes them from their vulture relatives. They are predominately white, with black tails and wing tips. They have piercing, often straw-colored eyes and multicolored (yellow, orange, and red) heads and necks.

Though brightly colored, the vulture's head and neck are bald. This may help the fastidious birds to stay clean, and ensure that bacteria-laden animal remains don't fester in the bird's plumage where they could spread disease.

Sarcoramphus papa are among the bird world's largest scavengers and have powerful, hooked beaks that are excellently adapted for tearing open tough carcasses. They can often access meals that other vultures cannot, and smaller birds usually give way when they arrive to feed.

These birds nest on the ground, and females lay a single egg—which both parents incubate. Both parents may also care for infants, bringing back dinner in their stomachs and regurgitating it for their young to enjoy.

King vultures are found from Mexico south to Argentina. Some suggest that the bird's name stems from an old Mayan legend in which this vulture was a "king" or "lord" that carried messages between humans and the Gods.

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Hi Zeno,
CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING 400th POST here on TN. A lovely portrait of the beautiful king vulture. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-17 7:37]

Hallo Zeno,
Bij jou was het weer slecht, bij mij ruim 35 graden. Ik heb daar een week in de buurt vakantie gehouden en ben 2 dagen in het park geweest. Deze heb ik er ook gefotografeerd en onlangs op TN gezet.
Gefeliciteerd met je 400e foto hier op TN. Deze ogen zijn altijd erg indrukwekkend. Goede scherpte en mooie kleuren. Op naar de 500!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-17 7:47]

Hi Zeno,
Congratulations for your 400 post on TN! it is a great colored photo and very fine sharp details too, TFS!

hallo Zeno
gefeliciteerd met de 400e foto op tn
en wat voor een ,super mooie kleuren goed van scherpte en goede compositie zo dicht bij
super kop
groetjes lou

Hallo Zeno,

gefeliciteeerd met je 400 ste foto.
Ben mijn laatste jubileum vergeten.
Mooie foto uit het mooiste vogelpark van Europa.
Prachtige kleuren en goede compositi.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-17 10:14]

Hi Zeno
Waw...what a great shot of this lovely King Vulture.
Details are very sharp and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hi Zeno,
Congratulations on your 400th posting - a very colourful photo with a very pleasing composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-18 15:18]

Hi Zeno,

Congratulations on your 400th post! This King Vulture is just perfect to celebrate with. A fascinating looking bird - much more attractive than the Turkey Vultures we have here. An excellent close-up of the face and feathers with wonderful colors, details and textures. Here's to the next 400!


Ciao Zeno, congratulations for your splendid 400th post on TN, wonderful portrait, splendid sharpness, fine details and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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