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While biking on a side road near the Cape May Canal, I came upon a remarkable scene. There were five Turkey Buzzards all going after the carcass of a dead raccoon. They were fighting over it, but I could not get close enough with the Canon S-200 to capture them all. They flew off, perched on nearby trees and a roof, but only a couple came back for more, and I captured what I could with the telephoto I had. The image quality is not so great, but the image of these rather ugly and rather necessary birds, the "garbagemen" that scavenge and help clean up dead animals, was too much to leave. I got what I could, and have in my minds eye the image of five on the dead raccoon.

Back from my sailing trip, with many photos to show a bit later, and off on Thursday to a craft show for the weekend. Opera tomorrow, so I may not get to my computer late. It is pretty late now, so my apologies for not having the time to go over many of the images of you, my friends. If not tomorrow, I'll be back next Monday.

Peter

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot S100
Lens:5.2 - 26.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 386.8 - 1934.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Aug 2013 - 12:15 PM
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Turkey Buzzards
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:2 Oct 2013 - 4:45 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Turkey Buzzards, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
2 Oct 2013 - 5:00 AM

Interesting name these not to handsome guys have Peter ! It must have been quite a sight te see them in action !! Great captures considering.... Smile Thanx for sharing !!

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 - 6:54 AM

How interesting! ugly faces poor things (only a mother could love them) Grin
But they are good as part of Nature's recyclers when there are dead animals about they do a good clean up...
Good captures... IB

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2013 - 1:50 PM

I am laughing---- I came across one eating a raccoon just last week--- He was HUGE--- That time of year I guess----The clean up guys~

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
14 Oct 2013 - 3:02 AM

V3 is a good capture of this large bird.
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