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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: 2005-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-26 15:58
Viewed: 4065
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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Hola Livio.
Encantado de atoparte por TN, non tehno moito tempo polo de agora...
Sempre que publicas iste paxaro, penso que e tan feo, tan feo que ata e bonito :)
Perfeita a combinacion de cores no fondo, resaltando os detalles do suxeito. Un saudo, meu amigo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-01-26 16:15]

A great image, perfect DOF and sharp details.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-26 16:41]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful portrait.POV,sharpness,clear details,
blurred BG,colors and 3D effect are excellent.

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  • angyl (22)
  • [2006-01-26 17:22]

Nice and sharp. The Black stands out very well on the background.

Can't ever find good vulture pictures. I love these guys!

So this is what H5N1 bird flu virus does to you? It's not so bad, it only looks like one is wearing their brains on the outside of their head. Excellent shot Livio, details are magnificant. :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-01-26 18:43]

Excellent portrait Livio,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-26 19:43]

Hi Livio, the JUDGE again. I love his wrinkled head and face, and it reminds me of a judge in coourt with his wig on.
This shot is very sharp and clear, you show him off so well. Excellent portrait, well done,

Hi Livio,
An excellent shot on this Black Vulture. The exposure looks perfect. The detail is razor sharp. Outstanding quality!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-27 2:14]

Hi Livio,

Razorsharp details and great exposure. The oof bg makes the bird stand out perfectly. Well done & TFS!


Again a great photo, Livio.
Good Bg-FG definition and crisp details on the bird's head.

Regards, Petru

Hi Livio,
This is very sharp image!
the detail and colour are excellent.
Thanks for sharing!

Livio, Now this is what I call sharp! ;-)
Perfect detail, color, exposure and DOF.
I never got close enough to these things to get a head shot like this..you must have made friends with them?? :-0
Very Well Done.

  • coasties Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
  • [2006-01-27 12:13]

Hi Livio

Excellent mug shot. Well composed with good POV. Nice colours. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Well done. TFS.


Perfect, lovely details in the black. Great portrait Livio.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-30 18:42]

A nossa prefeitura acabou com o lixão (felizmente) agora temos 'aterro sanitário' e essas aves sumiram...!!!
Boa captura, muito bom ângulo, nitidez perfeita.

ugly but beautiful, TFS Ori

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