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Good morning,

Thank you for all the c &c's and especially to Prabhas (prabhusinha), Uma (Ukgubbi) and Carol (Caziwinkles) for their UA's, I was chuffed.

Today I have a few vultures for you.
Vultures are the ultimate recyclers- able to strip a carcass in just a few hours, they keep the environment clean and disease free.
Vultures are known for their very strong stomach acids which can destroy bacteria, including cholera and anthrax, that would prove deadly to many other species.
They also carry special antibodies to help them tackle botulism toxins that even if the illness killed their prey, the vultures can eat it without negative effects.
The Cape vulture is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia. The average length is about 96-115cm with a wingspan of 2.26-2.6m and a weight of 7-11kg.
They are the largest raptor in Africa. Their species is listed as Vulnerable, the major problems it faces is poisoning and powerline electrocution. Vultures only lay one egg a year. A vulture can eat upto 1kg of meat in a sitting.
The last version is to show you how high in the sky they circle looking for kills. V1 is not pin sharp, but want to show you what they look like close up. These were taken on a windy dark overcast morning. All my wild life images are handheld.
have a nice day....GrinGrin

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 - 10:44 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Cape vulture
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:3 Feb 2014 - 3:14 AM
Tags:Vulture, Wildlife / nature
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Cookie_Monster
Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 3:28 AM

Great series. Love the grumpy looking fellow on v1. Grin What is he thinking? 'there she is again, clicking away. pesky photographers' LOL

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 5:41 AM

The are endangered in INDIA.

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 5:44 AM

That green esp in v4 is superb, hats up for ur photography skill.

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
3 Feb 2014 - 6:09 AM

A truly wonderful set Colleen! Love the write up, very interesting.

Terrific photography!!!

Lynette Grin

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

A very good and interesting series Colleen. Not the most attractive of birds but designed to do a job and they do it very well indeed.

Andy

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 6:35 AM

Excellent clean-up merchants, Colleen, and I think he looks so cute in V.1. A superb set. Carol

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
3 Feb 2014 - 6:46 AM

I love vultures. I became very fond of them in Guine-Bissau. Just as well, as they would sit on our back fence and stare at us. The Guineans say they are the souls of their deceased loved ones and would never harm them.
They are not very beautiful up close but in the sky they are superb.
Actually this little fellow is cute, I bet his mother loves him anyway.
Hand held? My way too. Tripods are a nuisance, good, but a nuisance. Your images certainly don't need them and perhaps an elephant or lion would not appreciate your setting up a tripod to take their portraits. GrinGrin
Maureen

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 6:56 AM

wonderful set colleen brilliant detail super tones and colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

Caziwinkles
3 Feb 2014 - 7:06 AM

Very interesting writing to complement these amazing images Colleen. Smile

Carol

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:23 AM

Beautiful capture's.Smile

Mike_Young
3 Feb 2014 - 7:30 AM

A marvellous set of images Colleen, all of them are super, but V5 is particularly special, very well done

debu
debu e2 Member 4debu vcard India
3 Feb 2014 - 7:34 AM

Lovely set of images,Vi and V5 for me.
debu

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:38 AM

Just been a documentary on BBC TV about them and their decline is causing ecological problems. Excellent images Colleen.

Albert

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:39 AM

Great collection of pictures Colleen, with an interesting narrative. GrinGrin Peter.

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:43 AM

A very interesting narrative to accompany this set of shots, packed with info that is new to me.
R.

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:52 AM

A fabulous set, Colleen. My favourites are v1 and V5.

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1709 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom81 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:58 AM

Impressive series, wonderful birds.
Nigel

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 8:03 AM

A set of really interesting images
Cant imagine any other way of taking a photo rather than handheld
Thats where the excitement of photography is for me
and yes ... lots of blurred images

viscostatic
3 Feb 2014 - 8:20 AM

Excellent images Colleen. V5 my favourite.

Phil.

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 8:29 AM


Quote: Just been a documentary on BBC TV about them and their decline is causing ecological problems. Excellent images Colleen.

I watched this too, poisoning is reducing their numbers and endangering nature's balance.
Good captures Colleen.

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
3 Feb 2014 - 8:55 AM

Pleased to make it 30 for this fine set Colleen,
Fred.

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 9:00 AM

An excellent set of this large raptor which does such a useful clear up task.Grin
Joan.

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 9:29 AM

Great creatures for re-cycling...........GrinGrinGrin

781969
781969  1 India
3 Feb 2014 - 9:56 AM

Wild life in action,very good efforts and hard work.

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:02 AM

An excellent series, Colleen - V5 is superbly captured.
A very informative write up, too.
Richard

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 4lesliea vcard Australia
3 Feb 2014 - 10:21 AM

Beautiful sets of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:41 AM

Wonderful images Colleen,

Ali

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:01 AM

Interesting and educational as ever.
I do like V1 aesthetically - soft or not!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 11:17 AM

Great set of images V1 and 5 are my favorite.

Mary Grin

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:25 AM

Great write up Colleen, for ugly cretins they are very photogenic, if you know what I mean. V5 is a great image.

Tish

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:32 AM

Great write up for this great set of images Colleen, nice touch with the vultures circleing(V7) and great in flight capture in V5Smile


Cliff

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:46 AM

Excellent set Colleen, endangered dustbin men of the wild.
Ron

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
3 Feb 2014 - 12:13 PM

A fascinating set of images Colleen. I especially love V1 and V6.
Effrossini

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33160 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 12:14 PM

A very well observed, composed, exposed and captured set of quite amazing images with spectacular colour and incredible pin sharp detail Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 1:26 PM

Only a mother could love him! Great captures! Grin
IB

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
3 Feb 2014 - 2:11 PM

Some lovely captures in this seven. Your setting are consistent and the Spot metering seems to work well with them settings. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

alligatorpants
alligatorpants e2 Member 3alligatorpants vcard Canada
3 Feb 2014 - 2:25 PM

A beautiful close-up. Excellent.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
3 Feb 2014 - 3:14 PM

V5 is my absolute favourite. ! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin--- In flight images is a very difficult sport.- I know , i have tried.- This one is a perfect image !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Very well done , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ---Jukka.Smile

myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 4:21 PM

A good set Colleen, v1 may not be quite sharp but I love it.

Myra

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 4:22 PM

Not something we see around here in Wakefield! I caught part of a documentary on TV 2 or 3 days ago about vultures, and they seemed to do a lot of squabbling over their food, even though there was plenty to go at! Great set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43858 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 4:41 PM

Strange to think of vultures as being endangered, Learned something new today thanks to you, Colleen. #! is the best to lead with - looks as if he wasn't in a very good mood!

Malc

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 280 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 4:55 PM

Excellent set of variants on a theme, nice one, Colleen.
Darryl. Smile x

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 5:27 PM

Beautiful and very useful members of nature's clean up brigade very nicely captured. I'm torn between 3 & 5 as a favourite.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 5:52 PM

V1 stands out for me, Colleen.

P.

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 6:58 PM

Lovely interesting set Smile

Eileen

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 7:05 PM

Stunning set of images, Colleen. I think your beautiful images and narrative have encapsulated perfectly, the essence of this intelligent (and much maligned) animal who are, like sharks are the ultimate evolutionary success story. I didn't realise that the species only lays one egg. However, I heard on the TV that both parents are needed to raise their offspring, otherwise, the chance of it surviving is less than 50%.

Fred

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:34 PM

V5 is an absolutely picture perfect! Beautiful all set!
Silviu

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 8:09 PM

Super set Colleen, full of interest too
Lillian

AlexAppleby
3 Feb 2014 - 8:31 PM

I think vultures are beautiful, and you have captured all the iconic images of them here. Wonderful set - very well thought out.

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 8:35 PM

A good set of very interesting images Colleen!! V4 is my favourite!!

bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 9:24 PM

Fab set Colleen fell in love with these birds after watching a documentary on bbc2 the other day
Rob

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 10:05 PM

Lovely set Collen with a great write up. V5 my favourite. Cathy

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:32 PM

Not the prettiest of birds Colleen,
but a good set for that !!
Mick.

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
4 Feb 2014 - 2:13 AM

Super set of images. All are excellent. V3 in natural habitat is my fav.

cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 - 8:46 PM

Cracking set of shots Colleen, very nicely captured.
Cheesey.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 8:14 PM

A terrific set of images of natures refuse collectors, I must catch up later with that documentary Rob has mentioned as I was out at the time.

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101466 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2014 - 7:58 PM

I like vultures, and your write up shows them in a positive light.
Keith

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