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Eurasian Black Vulture

Eurasian Black Vulture
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 9:53
Viewed: 4888
Points: 40
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Eurasian Black Vulture

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) is also known as the Monk Vulture, the Cinereous Vulture, or just the Black Vulture. It is a member of the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This bird is an Old World vulture, and is not related to the New World vultures which are in a separate family Cathartidae. It is therefore also unrelated to the American Black Vulture despite the similar name and coloration.

It breeds across southern Europe and Asia from Spain to Japan, but is endangered throughout its European range. It is resident except in those parts of its range where hard winters cause limited movement.

It is the largest bird of prey (Falconiformes) in the world (as the unrelated, slightly larger Andean Condor is now affiliated with the Ciconiiformes). This huge bird is 110-120 cm (43-48 inches) long with a 250-300 cm (8-10 foot) wingspan and a body mass of up to 14 kg (31 lbs.) thus making it one of the world's heaviest flying birds. It breeds in high mountains and large forests, nesting in trees. It has all dark plumage, and even at a distance can be distinguished from Griffon Vulture by its evenly broad "barn door" wings. It has the typical vulture "bald" head, and dark markings around the eye give it a menacing skull like appearance.

The Eurasian Black Vulture is usually larger than Griffon Vulture. Among the vultures in its range, the Eurasian Black Vulture is best equipped to tear open tough carcass skins, ably using its powerful bill. It dominates all other vultures at carcasses.

Infos from: www.wikipedia.org


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ellis49, marhowie, parthasarathi, vanderschelden, gracious, JoseMiguel, nglen, Adanac, JORAPAVI, anel, peter_stoeckl, Proframe, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hi Henize,
long time no see.
This is a beautiful portrait of a quite ugly Vulture.
Very good sharpness with great details.
I like the POV and the DOF too, the bird is well seen against the BG.
Well done, my friend.

Hello Heinz,
Very nice intimate profile portrait, I like it. Excellent color, sharpness, DOF, POV, and perfect exposure. Great details seen especially in that white plumage..A pleasing BG as well.
Great work!

Hi Heinz,
Just a note. Not Aegypius monachus. This is an adult (female from the profile) Trigonoceps occipitalis. Thought to be closely related to Aegypius so much so that some taxonomists place both species in genus Aegypius.

A simple great shot. At least I can study the details of the bird.

Hello Heinz,
Nice colorful portrait.
Excellent sharpness and good lighting...
TFS and greetings from Belgium

Hello Heinz,
perfect sharpness with awesome colour and details
also with great pov too
thanks for sharing

Hi Heinz,
A very impressive portrait of this vulture!
I like so much the skin details got around the eye, the transition to beautiful blue tone and then the curved and red beak.
The focus is just spot on, and the background looks great.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-20 11:17]

Hello Heinz,
A great profile of this White-headed Vulture. It looks like an old lady with so many wrinkles. Fantastic sharpness and colours. Great BG.

great close up!!!great colors!!!exceptional!
thanks heinz,

Hi Heinz,
Wonderful portrait, really sharp and crisp picture... Just a detail, though, I guess this is not a black european vulture... Did you find it in the wild? Regards, Marta

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-20 13:20]

Hi Heinz. This is an amazing close up of the Vulture. the detail and colours are first class.very sharp focusing. the light in the eye is very good. very well done TFS. great notes too.

: have a good weekend :

Beautiful vulture portrait Heinz.
Geat color, focus detail and comp.
Well done, TFS

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-20 16:46]

Hi Heinz,
This is such an ugly bird!!! ... but your picture of it is marvelous. The details are stunning and the colors outstanding.
Great work!

  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-20 18:04]

Hello Heinz,
Fabulous camera work in this excellent closeup, great job Heinz.

Hello Heinz,
Very nice portrait, I like it.

I also took a shot when I was in Berlin.

Greetings from India.


Hi Hienz,
I was very happy to see a critique on my photograph from a old friend :-).
This portrait is amazing and it speaks volumes about your work. Those glassy eyes, that pink color and the details are really wonderful.

Hola Heinz,
Extraordinario acercamiento, la nitidez, detalle y luz son magníficias, saludos
José Ramón

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-23 2:56]

Hallo Heinz,
Sehr ausdrucksstark, Dein Geier. Du hast das Licht super ausgenützt, um alle Details mit äusserster Präzision zu zeigen. Superbild.

Hallo Heinz,
sehr eindrucksvolles, geradezu dramatisches Portrait, das mit gekonnt gesetzten tiefen Schatten, starken Kontrasten, einer ernormen Fülle scharfer Details und mit feinsten Farbnuancen keine Wünsche offen lässt.
Gratulation! Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Great portrait of this very beautiful, but not really :) bird Heinz.
Details, colors and clarity in the eye are really very beautiful.
Sharpness and lighting are perfect and the soft background is wonderful.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-26 5:52]

Hi Heinz.
One of the best portrait of the vulture. I am impressed with classic cropping and composition, surprising colours, stunning details and sharpness of the bird and amazing BG. Lights and shadows are great too. Bravo and my congratulations.

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