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Good morning...
Thanks you for all your votes and comments....much appreciated...
When we were on one of the game drives we saw at least 50 vultures circling in the sky in the distance and went to investigate. We found the remains of a kill from the night before. This was one of the vultures coming into land. It was a dark overcast morning and very windy, not ideal for photography...did the best I could...I live the ungainly flying technique of vultures.
For Tish and Carol (Caziwinkles)...you will be happy to know we have a typical English day today....dark skies and rain with a high of 19 degGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin...no sign of the sun
Please take note...all my wildlife images are hand held with no where to support the camera on an open game vehicle.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2013 - 10:46 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/6.0
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:The incredible flying machine
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:17 Oct 2013 - 5:49 AM
Tags:Vulture, Wildlife / nature
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:05 AM

Stunning wildlife images v1 looks slightly better

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:21 AM

An excellent capture, Colleen. Bright and sunny here after a wet night and a brief thunderstorm. Carol

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:31 AM

Now that's a big bird....and a really good shot. Cold and wet here and not looking to get any better over the weekend....grrr

Andy

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:47 AM

Great shot and much bigger than the visitors we have at our bird table.

Dave.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 6:47 AM

This vulture is obviously homing in on a kill to scavenge, superbly timed Colleen

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
17 Oct 2013 - 6:59 AM

Good morning Colleen Smile Soft drizzle here since yesterday evening too Smile I also love the ungracious hopping / flying of these guys Smile A super image. Enjoy Durbs !!

Caziwinkles
17 Oct 2013 - 7:13 AM

He has obviously set his sights on his feast - focusing intently as he comes into land. Superb given your conditions Colleen. Smile
What a shame about your weather...!! TongueTongueTongue

Carol

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:16 AM

It might not be the sharpest of images but it is beautifully composed and very well timed. I love these guys, part of nature's clean up brigade.

BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:21 AM

Great Capture, of this fantastic bird.
Kindest Regards, always. Burnsie

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:21 AM

Great in flight capture Colleen, great compSmile

Cliff

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:23 AM

Hand held well you did very well, I'd be so excited I'd shake. A super capture.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:25 AM

Superb image, they do appear to be ungainly don't they. GrinGrin Peter.

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
17 Oct 2013 - 7:31 AM

Yes, this is definitely an amazing flying machine, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery

Last Modified By ValeryAst at 17 Oct 2013 - 7:32 AM
viscostatic
17 Oct 2013 - 8:11 AM

A great title Colleen which fits the image so well. Great wildlife photography.

Phil.

Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7102 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 8:22 AM

Super composition and a wonderful title Colleen.

Trev

Last Modified By Trev_B at 17 Oct 2013 - 8:22 AM
WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
17 Oct 2013 - 8:30 AM

A wonderful action shot seeing every primary feather. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

Last Modified By WesternRed at 17 Oct 2013 - 8:31 AM
capto
capto e2 Member 21000 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 8:40 AM

Excellent shot, perfect timing.Smile

ivor

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 9:15 AM

Top class capture Colleen.
Joan.

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 - 9:18 AM

Looks like he is about to do a crash landing. Well captured.

Mary

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
17 Oct 2013 - 9:21 AM

Very well captured Colleen. Moira

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
17 Oct 2013 - 9:24 AM

Great in flight capture Colleen.
Effrossini

Ray12
Ray12 e2 Member 171 forum postsRay12 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 10:15 AM

Another fantastic image. When I was in Africa some years back I photographed a incoming vulture just like you but with no back ground just white sky, entered it in a competition at my local camera club and the judge said that some one has just cut this out stuck it on a piece of paper and photocopied it. I was not a happy bunny to say the least Sad

fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 10:34 AM

Excellent capture. Spot-on timing.

Lavina

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 10:37 AM

Good timing to get the wing and details too
R.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
17 Oct 2013 - 10:46 AM

Well done however Colleen!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Those inflight images are very difficult indeed. If two of ten are somewhat good,one can be happy. Wink ---- This one looks like Avro Lancaster from WV2 to meTongue ----Jukka.

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 10:50 AM

I know why you have dark skies and rain..................... because I have blue skies and sunshine; I heard the wind all night blowing it in from South Africa.

A superb shot, the colour against the neutral background gives this image real body.


Tish

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 11:02 AM

Well composed capture of this enormous bird.
19 deg is a good day here Colleen!
KateGrinGrinGrin

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 11:14 AM

a magnificent action shot superbly captured !

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 12:12 PM

Wonderful inflight capture Colleen.
Super shot.
Mick.

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 12:17 PM

Great capture.

B.

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 12:19 PM

Excellent and very well timed capture,very well done,
saeid

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 1:19 PM

Ungainly is a very apt description of their flying! Your chosen camera settings are spot on for handheld.

Dave

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 1:32 PM

A superbly timed capture, Colleen!

Richard

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32917 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 1:39 PM

A very well observed, composed and captured inflight image with great colour and detail Colleen

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 2:19 PM

A superb on the wing capture!

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 - 2:26 PM

Super capture Colleen.

Jenny Smile

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 3:54 PM

An impressive wing span & so well captured.
Ju

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 3:56 PM

You've done very well here, Colleen, especially considering no additional support accessories have been used...but then, I see you use a Nikon...'nuff said! Wink
Trev Smile

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 4:10 PM

Love this Colleen. Amazing capture GrinGrin

Kathryn

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
17 Oct 2013 - 4:33 PM

Stunning wildlife image

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 5:13 PM

Cracking shot hand held Colleen, i was told these Vultures normally eat the innards of a carcass, and that is why they don't have any feathers on there necks, to get covered in blood and what have you, otherwise they would have a job keeping feathers clean. I was told that at a falconry centre who have one, suppose it makes some sense

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 5:23 PM

Africa would be very untidy without these wonderful birds.
With 64 votes as I write, you don't need me to tell you what a good picture this is, Colleen.
But I will.
It's a very good picture.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 - 6:16 PM

Magnificent capture.

P.

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:31 PM

Great capture and timed to perfection. Glad to make it 70!Grin
Ryan

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:33 PM

Great shot ColleenGrin
Diane

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2154 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2013 - 7:48 PM

He needs a lot of food by his size.
Great shotSmile
NettaSmile

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 - 9:02 PM

Lovely shot Colleen. Cathy

debu
debu  4 India
17 Oct 2013 - 11:53 PM

Superb in flight captured.
debu

Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2013 - 1:15 AM

Excellent capture, and what a bird….good one…..WinkWinkWink

accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2013 - 6:55 AM

Good flight capture here Colleen. A

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2013 - 6:33 PM

Beautiful image, Colleen!
George

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 - 8:48 PM

Great image, great timing! Grin
IB

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