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White Headed Vulture

By Maiwand
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.

Tags: Nature Birds Vultures Pets and captive animals Hct

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Comments


andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 9:29AM
wonderful detail ron belting colour and tones a cracking in flight capture nice one Wink
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30 Dec 2012 9:31AM
Excellent well timed capture Ron, like the detail,
Fred.
Hop-A-Long 9 52 England
30 Dec 2012 9:34AM
Excellent inflight shot.

Andy
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
30 Dec 2012 9:47AM
Thanks everyone.
Ron
30 Dec 2012 9:51AM
brilliant shot and love the sly glance you've captured
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
30 Dec 2012 9:53AM
awesome shot in movement, Ron, .. top level detail rendering
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
30 Dec 2012 10:24AM
A wonderful capture, Ron, a stunning bird shown off so well. Carol
30 Dec 2012 10:51AM
Excellent capture
astyag 9 12
30 Dec 2012 11:00AM
Amazing capture! what a superb composition, well caught
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
30 Dec 2012 11:29AM
Superb in-flight image Ron.

Ken
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
30 Dec 2012 11:48AM
Excellent in flight capture, Ron - lovely plumage detail and tones and great catchlight in the eye.
Sylvia
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 11:51AM
An informative and interesting foreword Ron, supported by what can only be described as an extraordinary image.

Regards Nathan Grin
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 12:17PM
The detail and perfect image of flight you have caught whilst only on 200mm is amazing Ron.... impressive.

GarethSmile
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
30 Dec 2012 12:21PM
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.
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 12:45PM
Terrific narrative and study of this interesting scavenger, Ron.

Ray
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 12:51PM
You have captured that spread of the wings so well in this in flight shot, Ron.
Ronnie.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
30 Dec 2012 1:42PM
A great write up on this bird to accompany this excellent photo !! Very well done Ron !
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
30 Dec 2012 1:50PM
Lovely feather detail and a great eye Ron,
Geoff.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
30 Dec 2012 1:55PM
Spot on

Peter
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
30 Dec 2012 2:15PM
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
Tibetan 4 3 England
30 Dec 2012 4:30PM
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
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 4:32PM
Excellent wing detail and a great sense of speed Ronnie
David
30 Dec 2012 4:56PM
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).
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
30 Dec 2012 5:31PM
Thank you kindly everyone.
Ron
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
30 Dec 2012 8:00PM
Great focus, like how his eye catches the viewer-- Well done, you!
30 Dec 2012 8:43PM
Cracking shot Ron love the sharpness in the eye
mike
30 Dec 2012 10:05PM
a good sharp flight shot
30 Dec 2012 11:07PM
Great shot,
Johanna
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Dec 2012 12:42AM
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
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
31 Dec 2012 7:11PM
Very clever birds ,a good capture ,on the wing.
1 Jan 2013 12:49PM
A wonderful shot.Happy New Year..Lin
2 Jan 2013 11:00AM
Hi Ron just checking up on you, love this one stunning capture, in flight too , very well captured gray
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Jan 2013 5:12PM
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
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
2 Jan 2013 11:12PM
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
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
3 Jan 2013 8:52AM
Thanks for your generosity everyone.
Ron
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 2:56PM
beautifully detailed inflight capture. Composition colours and detail - first class.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 10:50AM
Cracking detail here Ron SmileSmile
Helen
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:47PM
Your bird shots are fantastic, this is one more of the same quality... Superb! IB
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 11:27AM
Nearly missed this splendid shot Ron
LexEquine 10 19 United States
8 Jan 2013 7:09PM
'Great Shot!' ~ Peter Wink
12 Apr 2013 11:35AM
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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