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Vultures at dawn

Vultures at dawn
Photo Information
Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-05 9:39
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lappetfaced vultures (Torgos tracheliotus) waiting at a lion kill next to the S100 route south of Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Their habitat is thornveld with preference for drier regions.

This photo was taken at 07:05 and the kill they were waiting at happened the previous night. The lions were still feeding. We were on the there before the sun rose and the vultures were already there.

I know the photo does not show details of the birds, but because of the sunrise I just had to share.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-05 9:42]

Very beautiful shot, Willem!

Excellent silhouettes of these vultures against that splendid morning sky.
Great POV, lovely colors and very nice composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Willem,
Wow, great scene! I like this dramatic effect that the silhouettes give to this picture. Nice composition with a great orange BG. I like framing and exposure. Interesting notes too. TFS,

Hi willem,

Very well done on this pic. The composition and story of this pic is simply superb , the pics speaks its story. 100% amazing pic.



Hello Willem
The silhouette of the vultures is wonderful. They are waiting patiently
for there turn to eat. Pretty colours and composition. The sun looks
eerie behind the cloud, fitting for this photo.
TFS Janice

Hi Willem

Lovely shot. Nice colours and great to view. :-)

Hello Willem,
Simply I can say beautiful. The intense orange skt and the vultures in the branches silhoutes makes a wonderful pic.
Best regards


An excellent silhouette pic. The colours are amazing. The composition, POV and detail are all excellent.TFS,

Hi Willem,
I think your photo is better without details of the birds: the silhouettes give an image of mistery well adapted to sunset.
Thanks for sharing

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