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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

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
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
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 Plus Member 3Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 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 Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 5:41 AM

The are endangered in INDIA.

prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha 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 Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
3 Feb 2014 - 6:09 AM

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

Terrific photography!!!

Lynette Grin

Andysnapper Plus Member 7109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 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.


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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 Plus Member 5276 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

andylea  637 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

3 Feb 2014 - 7:06 AM

Very interesting writing to complement these amazing images Colleen. Smile


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

Beautiful capture's.Smile

Mike_Young Plus Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
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  5 India
3 Feb 2014 - 7:34 AM

Lovely set of images,Vi and V5 for me.

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 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.


Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:39 AM

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

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 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.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:52 AM

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

Nigeve1 Plus Member 21164 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:58 AM

Impressive series, wonderful birds.

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst 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

3 Feb 2014 - 8:20 AM

Excellent images Colleen. V5 my favourite.


CaroleS Plus Member 5255 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 Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
3 Feb 2014 - 8:55 AM

Pleased to make it 30 for this fine set Colleen,

EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE 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

NaturesHaven Plus Member 3281 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 9:29 AM

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

781969  1 India
3 Feb 2014 - 9:56 AM

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

DicksPics Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:02 AM

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

Last Modified By DicksPics at 3 Feb 2014 - 10:03 AM
lesliea Plus Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
3 Feb 2014 - 10:21 AM

Beautiful sets of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile

ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:41 AM

Wonderful images Colleen,


Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom84 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 Plus Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 11:17 AM

Great set of images V1 and 5 are my favorite.

Mary Grin

Tish1 Plus Member 2Tish1 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.


Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 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


rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:46 AM

Excellent set Colleen, endangered dustbin men of the wild.

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
3 Feb 2014 - 12:13 PM

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

NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 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 Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 1:26 PM

Only a mother could love him! Great captures! Grin

WesternRed Plus Member 4WesternRed 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.

alligatorpants Plus Member 4alligatorpants vcard Canada
3 Feb 2014 - 2:25 PM

A beautiful close-up. Excellent.

kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija 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 Plus Member 9myrab vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 4:21 PM

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


TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC 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 Site Moderator 54932 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway28 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!


carper123 Plus Member 3411 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 4:55 PM

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

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 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  3 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 5:52 PM

V1 stands out for me, Colleen.


EileenH  2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 6:58 PM

Lovely interesting set Smile


Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 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%.


gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 7:34 PM

V5 is an absolutely picture perfect! Beautiful all set!

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 8:09 PM

Super set Colleen, full of interest too

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 Plus Member 6307 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  5 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

Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 - 10:05 PM

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

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 10:32 PM

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

ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
4 Feb 2014 - 2:13 AM

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

cheesey  9 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 - 8:46 PM

Cracking set of shots Colleen, very nicely captured.

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 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 Critique Team 111619 forum postsdark_lord vcard England202 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2014 - 7:58 PM

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

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