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The White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) is an Old World vulture endemic to Africa. It has a pink beak and a white crest, and the featherless areas on its head are pale. Its has dark brown upper parts and black tail feathers. The feathers on its lower parts and legs are white. It has a wing span of 2 m and spends a lot of time soaring looking for food. It roosts in tall trees near to water at night.
(Courtesy Wikipedia)
A resident of one of my favourite places-- the Hawk Conservancy Trust at Weyhill, Hants.
Vultures have a poor press normally but in many parts of the world they perform a sterling service by eating the carcasses of dead animals rather than leaving them to rot.
Not quite the dainty delicacy of the Avocet but still a handsome bird I feel. I loved the detail of the wings structure. Hope you will like him.
My sincere and most appreciative thanks for all c/c's given to the Avocet and particular thanks to Ken (Franken) and Lillian for the UA's.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200 f2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Nov 2012 - 1:01 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:White Headed Vulture
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:30 Dec 2012 - 9:26 AM
Tags:Birds., Hct , Nature, Pets / captive animals, Vultures
Votes:69

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 9:29 AM

wonderful detail ron belting colour and tones a cracking in flight capture nice one Wink
andy

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Badgerfred
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30 Dec 2012 - 9:31 AM

Excellent well timed capture Ron, like the detail,
Fred.

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Hop-A-Long
30 Dec 2012 - 9:34 AM

Excellent inflight shot.

Andy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 9:47 AM

Thanks everyone.
Ron

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 9:51 AM

brilliant shot and love the sly glance you've captured

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senn
senn e2 Member 3senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 9:53 AM

awesome shot in movement, Ron, .. top level detail rendering

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 10:24 AM

A wonderful capture, Ron, a stunning bird shown off so well. Carol

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 10:51 AM

Excellent capture

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 11:00 AM

Amazing capture! what a superb composition, well caught

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franken
franken e2 Member 123264 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 11:29 AM

Superb in-flight image Ron.

Ken

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 11:48 AM

Excellent in flight capture, Ron - lovely plumage detail and tones and great catchlight in the eye.
Sylvia

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 11:51 AM

An informative and interesting foreword Ron, supported by what can only be described as an extraordinary image.

Regards Nathan Grin

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UrbaneMagick
UrbaneMagick e2 Member 2143 forum postsUrbaneMagick vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 12:17 PM

The detail and perfect image of flight you have caught whilst only on 200mm is amazing Ron.... impressive.

GarethSmile

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 12:21 PM

A very fine action shot catching him in a perfect pose to show his beauty rather than the usual ugliness.
We have a lot of turkey vultures, but it is very rare to see them close enough to photograph. They are usually riding the thermals, scoping out the land for their dinner.

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 12:45 PM

Terrific narrative and study of this interesting scavenger, Ron.

Ray

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 12:51 PM

You have captured that spread of the wings so well in this in flight shot, Ron.
Ronnie.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
30 Dec 2012 - 1:42 PM

A great write up on this bird to accompany this excellent photo !! Very well done Ron !

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 1:50 PM

Lovely feather detail and a great eye Ron,
Geoff.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
30 Dec 2012 - 1:55 PM

Spot on

Peter

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 2:15 PM

Very well captured Ron, I like the dof on this one and the head showing just in front of the wings gives enough with the eye catchlight
Voted Wink
Richard
Waxwings at North Camp Station again about 30 Smile

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Dec 2012 - 4:30 PM

Excellent glad to see you got at least one award, very well deserved, very good detail for in flight, good light and room in front of the bird; eye detail great, Happy new year, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 4:32 PM

Excellent wing detail and a great sense of speed Ronnie
David

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42413 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
30 Dec 2012 - 4:56 PM

A cracking image Ron - love the way his head is peeking out from his wings. Wonderful timing! You are so right about the vulture getting a bad press - I actually find them quite a beautiful bird (in a strange way!! Wink).

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 5:31 PM

Thank you kindly everyone.
Ron

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 8:00 PM

Great focus, like how his eye catches the viewer-- Well done, you!

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 8:43 PM

Cracking shot Ron love the sharpness in the eye
mike

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 10:05 PM

a good sharp flight shot

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 11:07 PM

Great shot,
Johanna

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 12:42 AM

fantastic in flight shot.
Vultures aren't that rare here, they work for the 'douane' or the various branches of our various layers of social administration. Yours looks much better Smile

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 7:11 PM

Very clever birds ,a good capture ,on the wing.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2013 - 12:49 PM

A wonderful shot.Happy New Year..Lin

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Gray_ina
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2 Jan 2013 - 11:00 AM

Hi Ron just checking up on you, love this one stunning capture, in flight too , very well captured gray

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Glostopcat
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2 Jan 2013 - 5:12 PM

An excellent inflight shot Ron, the epzers' have gathered around like vultures to give this one their vote!Wink Happy New Year to you my friend, look forward to viewing lots more of your avian images in 2013, Ed

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 11:12 PM

I really like the wing position you've captured here - timed to perfection. A fantastic flying machine.
We of course have the turkey vultures in our neck of the woods, and a lot of them too. I love to watch them flying overhead.

Anne

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Maiwand
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3 Jan 2013 - 8:52 AM

Thanks for your generosity everyone.
Ron

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A Booth
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3 Jan 2013 - 2:56 PM

beautifully detailed inflight capture. Composition colours and detail - first class.

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helenlinda
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4 Jan 2013 - 10:50 AM

Cracking detail here Ron SmileSmile
Helen

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 - 5:47 PM

Your bird shots are fantastic, this is one more of the same quality... Superb! IB

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6 Jan 2013 - 11:27 AM

Nearly missed this splendid shot Ron

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:09 PM

'Great Shot!' ~ Peter Wink

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
12 Apr 2013 - 11:35 AM

Wonderful image - in fact I like your bird pictures in general. When we lived in Sierra Leone we knew when the butcher had killed as the vultures sat on his roof!

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