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The incredible flying machine

By ColleenA
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.

Tags: Vulture Wildlife and nature

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Comments


S_Psharma 4 1 India
17 Oct 2013 6:05AM
Stunning wildlife images v1 looks slightly better

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CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
17 Oct 2013 6:21AM
An excellent capture, Colleen. Bright and sunny here after a wet night and a brief thunderstorm. Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
17 Oct 2013 6:31AM
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 Plus
3 1 3 England
17 Oct 2013 6:47AM
Great shot and much bigger than the visitors we have at our bird table.

Dave.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Oct 2013 6:47AM
This vulture is obviously homing in on a kill to scavenge, superbly timed Colleen
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
17 Oct 2013 6:59AM
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 3 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:13AM
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 Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:16AM
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 7 25 4 England
17 Oct 2013 7:21AM
Great Capture, of this fantastic bird.
Kindest Regards, always. Burnsie
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 39 10 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:21AM
Great in flight capture Colleen, great compSmile

Cliff
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:23AM
Hand held well you did very well, I'd be so excited I'd shake. A super capture.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:25AM
Superb image, they do appear to be ungainly don't they. GrinGrin Peter.
17 Oct 2013 7:31AM
Yes, this is definitely an amazing flying machine, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 8:11AM
A great title Colleen which fits the image so well. Great wildlife photography.

Phil.
Trev_B 9 148 68 England
17 Oct 2013 8:22AM
Super composition and a wonderful title Colleen.

Trev
A wonderful action shot seeing every primary feather. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 8:40AM
Excellent shot, perfect timing.Smile

ivor
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
17 Oct 2013 9:15AM
Top class capture Colleen.
Joan.
Looks like he is about to do a crash landing. Well captured.

Mary
moiral 6 12 Scotland
17 Oct 2013 9:21AM
Very well captured Colleen. Moira
17 Oct 2013 9:24AM
Great in flight capture Colleen.
Effrossini
Ray12 3 112 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 10:15AM
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
17 Oct 2013 10:34AM
Excellent capture. Spot-on timing.

Lavina
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
17 Oct 2013 10:37AM
Good timing to get the wing and details too
R.
17 Oct 2013 10:46AM
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 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 10:50AM
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 Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 11:02AM
Well composed capture of this enormous bird.
19 deg is a good day here Colleen!
KateGrinGrinGrin
17 Oct 2013 11:14AM
a magnificent action shot superbly captured !
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
17 Oct 2013 12:12PM
Wonderful inflight capture Colleen.
Super shot.
Mick.
BarbaraR 10 16 1 England
17 Oct 2013 12:17PM
Great capture.

B.
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
17 Oct 2013 12:19PM
Excellent and very well timed capture,very well done,
saeid
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
17 Oct 2013 1:19PM
Ungainly is a very apt description of their flying! Your chosen camera settings are spot on for handheld.

Dave
17 Oct 2013 1:32PM
A superbly timed capture, Colleen!

Richard
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 1:39PM
A very well observed, composed and captured inflight image with great colour and detail Colleen

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
17 Oct 2013 2:19PM
A superb on the wing capture!
17 Oct 2013 2:26PM
Super capture Colleen.

Jenny Smile
JuBarney 5 20 3 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 3:54PM
An impressive wing span & so well captured.
Ju
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
17 Oct 2013 3:56PM
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
17 Oct 2013 4:10PM
Love this Colleen. Amazing capture GrinGrin

Kathryn
17 Oct 2013 4:33PM
Stunning wildlife image
Mike_Smith Plus
9 290 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 5:13PM
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
17 Oct 2013 5:23PM
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.
17 Oct 2013 6:16PM
Magnificent capture.

P.
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:31PM
Great capture and timed to perfection. Glad to make it 70!Grin
Ryan
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2013 7:33PM
Great shot ColleenGrin
Diane
netta1234 Plus
4 336 2 Wales
17 Oct 2013 7:48PM
He needs a lot of food by his size.
Great shotSmile
NettaSmile
17 Oct 2013 9:02PM
Lovely shot Colleen. Cathy
debu 6 India
17 Oct 2013 11:53PM
Superb in flight captured.
debu
Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
18 Oct 2013 1:15AM
Excellent capture, and what a bird….good one…..WinkWinkWink
18 Oct 2013 6:55AM
Good flight capture here Colleen. A
18 Oct 2013 6:33PM
Beautiful image, Colleen!
George
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 8:48PM
Great image, great timing! Grin
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