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The African White-backed Vulture

The African White-backed Vulture
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Copyright: Andrzej Korzeniowski (andrzej) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 570 W: 106 N: 1168] (9204)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC-P100
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 7:30
Viewed: 2122
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre situated in Hoedspruit

The African White-backed Vulture depends upon other smaller vultures to lead it to the site of a kill. In turn, once one African White-backed Vulture lands at a potential meal its obvious black and white plumage makes it readily visible to other birds which also join in the feast. In this way many birds are collectively covering a much wider area than would be possible for a single vulture. These vultures feed primarily upon large game, from hippopotamus that of died of natural causes, to wildebeest which drowned during migration, to elephants, rhinos and any other sizeable source of carrion. It is common to see up to two hundred birds feeding from one carcass, which explains how the corpse of an elephant can be stripped clean in just a matter of hours. After feeding they will frequently bathe to keep their feathers in prime condition. Despite their ghastly habits, vultures are one of the fussiest birds when it comes to cleanliness.

Camera Model Name DSC-P100
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/80
Av (Aperture Value) 5.2
ISO Speed 100

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Wow.Great immage of this bird.
Verry good details.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Great capture this portrait!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-12-18 9:24]

Witaj Andrzejku :)

Imponujace ujecie tego cudnego orlego malucha,
jaki on sliczny, wszystkie piorka mozna mu policzyc,
tak wspaniale ostre jest Twoje zdjecie..
Piekne kolory i swiatlo, bardzo mi sie podoba.

Gratulacje i moc pozdrowien.

Bonsoir Andrzej
Photo impressionnante...Quel portrait!!!

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-12-18 10:44]

Magnifico retrato y primer plano de este buitre mucha nitidez y color muy natural
Buen trabajo
un saludo
feliz fin de semana

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-12-18 11:12]
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Witaj Andrzeju.
Eleganckie ptaszyszko. Ladnie je podszedles. Ostre oko jak i dziub. Do tego fajnie rozmytle tlo.
Nigdy nie widzialem takiego ptaka.
Ciekawe czy ma swoj polski odpowiednik w nazwie.
Janek Kloss

Hi Andrzej,

Great closeup capture from Vulture with perfect details!
I like the eyes of the subject with perfect clarity. The sharpness and POV are very well chosen and the DOF is nicely maintained. Colors are natural and very well defined in this work.

best regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-12-18 13:25]

Hi Andrzej,

Great portrait and excellent macro.
The details and the sharpness are splendid.
Congratulation, my friend.
Have a good week end.

Witaj Andrzeju,
Znakomity kadr! Sympatycznie wyglada to ptaszyszko.
Doskonala ostrosc, super POV.

Hi Andrzej!
great portrait of this bird!
nice sharpness, great light ...
best regards,

Hi,very fine shot of this bird.Fantastic colors and sharpness.Regards Otto.

Hello Andrzej,
Great portrait, sharp image and well planned crop
Selahattin E

Hi Andrzej,
Nice sharp image with good light and very cleverly framed, great shot.

Hi Andrzej,
Great capture with perfect details, natural colours,great POV.
regards, biljana

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