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Black flight
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vultures, Flying images, Vultures in South America, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-16 9:31
Viewed: 3874
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes, when a person is photographed, one says the picture epitomizes what the person is. Maybe because of posing, lighting, spontaneity and so on.

I mention this because, in my opinion, this shot epitomizes what a vulture is. I can't even find the precise words to express what I mean, but I hope I can be understood. What I mean is that the position of the wings, the as-if-ready-to-attack pose and the darkness in most of the vulture, among other things, create this elusive mood I'm trying to define. If I wasn't successful, sorry for that. In Portuguese, it would be easier.

Coragyps atratus

Geographic Range

Black Vultures are resident in tropical and warm temperate from southern Canada to southern South America including continental United States of America. In the northern parts of their range they have a southward migration in the fall and a returning spring migration.


The Black Vulture prefers an open habitat and avoids dense forests as much as possible. Such habitats include lowlands with adjacent highlands, open fields, desert terrain, garbage dumps, and urban or rural centers.

Physical Description

The Black Vulture is a... black, large bird with a wingspan of 137-152 cm, a length of 50-69. The sexes are alike and the adults and the young have black, wrinkled bare skin on the head and neck. Adults have brown. Black Vultures have weak feet, adapted more for running than for clutching and relatively weak bills. The black vulture's feet stretch past its short tail. In flight, a short, square tail and a large white patch on the undersurface of the wing at the base of the primaries distinguishes them from turkey vultures, another large new world vulture which often occurs in the same area. These birds have been observed to live as long as 21 years in captivity and the oldest wild captured banded bird was 16 years old.

(Source: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Coragyps_atratus.html)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-16 10:15]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful action shot.Moment you caught,details,POV,lighting,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

I have been trying to get a shot similiar to this for ages, nice work.


I see what you mean, Livio. The image shows heavily here what the vulture is by essence. A raptor trying to impress it's prey by extending the wings and trying to envelop it's prey to have a better control of it. Feet in extension are significative too. A very good shot, where the interresting details like feet and head are well in the light. Well done!

Very good shot, POV,lighting and sharpness.

Hello Livio, nice duck!

Oops, just kidding...

I think your photo is worth a thousand words and says it all for you.

Another superb capture of this creature.

And yes, even from the thumbnail it looks like a vulture.

Great details (wings splayed), POV, and lighting.

Thank you once again.

Wow, your the master of spectacular shots.
This one is showing so well the action, also excellent sharpness and good light.
I wonder to see so much details at this black bird against the bright BG. Just perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is an awesome shot of a black vulture, I like everything about this image. Well done Livio. Paul :)

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  • seanf (92)
  • [2005-11-16 14:11]

hi livio
great capture, it's clear and sharp and the level of detail is wonderful. a very good image.

Hello Livio.
Very good moment you captured! Nice composition! Very well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-16 22:08]

Une belle envolée, la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et la couleur de l'environnement fait bien ressortir l'oiseau et les détails dans le plumage.

Félicitations Livio et merci pour l'envoie!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-16 22:31]

He's ready for the kill - no, they don't kill, do they? But he's certainly ready to snatch and grab what he can!
It's a great action shot Livio, well done, thank you.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-17 2:03]

A fantastic shot of this flying pose. Great timing, Livio. You really captured the moment well. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Livio,
In a Hurry This Morning.
Great shot, well worth the big green smiley.
Thanks for posting.

Slowly but surely, Livios, you become the master of the birds around here !

Hi Livio

Just a quick critique tonight as it is very late. Really good shot. Well composed. Nice POV with good detail and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks.

This has a fantastic pose and POV Livio. Very well composed with sharp detail.
I think you are right..This photo shows the vultures character or nature very well. Thank You my friend.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-17 14:08]

Excellent capture Livio. Well frozen action and good exposure. Composition is perfect I think. Well done & TFS!


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-17 17:35]

Hello Livio!
Great shot of Urubu in action! Perfect colours, exposure and composition.
Points later :-)

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