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Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture
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Copyright: Okan Kocyigit (Peregrine) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 62] (958)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-16 13:09
Viewed: 3596
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus / Tr. Kucuk Akbaba)
The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is a small Old World vulture, the only member of the genus Neophron. Egyptian Vultures are scavangers, mainly feeding off carrion, but they also prey on small mammals and eggs.

The adult Egyptian Vulture usually measures 85 cm from the point of the beak to the extremity of the tail and 1.7m between the tips of the wings. It weighs about 2.1 kilograms.

The adult's plumage is black and white. Its facial skin is yellow (it turns orange during nesting periods) and devoid of feathers. The tail is wedged and easily distinguished in flight. The nestlings are dark brown and gradually go light until they reach adulthood at the age of 5.

The Egyptian Vulture is also known as Pharaoh’s Chicken because it looks like a scruffy chicken.

Egyptian Vultures are quite widely distributed and can be found in India, south west Asia, the Iberian Peninsula, and central and north Africa. They are partial migrants, depending on the local climate. If the Egyptian Vulture can endure the local winter it will usually not migrate. It is not well adjusted to cold weather conditions, mainly because of its surface area-volume ratio that causes a quick loss of heat.

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  • Great 
  • ma-at Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 26] (142)
  • [2006-11-16 14:09]

I now how difficult it is to get birds in flight. Well done.

Just a bit oversharpened. Nice pic though.

  • Great 
  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-16 19:59]

Hi Okan.
Well done on a very difficult shot. May have been even harder because of camera you used.

Hi Okan

Nice shot. Well done on a great in-flight shot. TFS.

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