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Backyard Vultures
Lens: DA-L 55-300 Camera: K-x Photo Location: King George, VA, USA ISO: 200 
Posted By: hray, 03-04-2011, 05:35 PM

Finally I'm getting better at focusing with the 300mm...

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03-04-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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Nice shot, great color, was this handheld? We visited your area in our travels a couple of times, beautiful, and full of history. I believe the vulture is the only species of bird that can actually smell, amazing bird. thanks Bob
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Nice series Ray,seen my first of year Tuesday.Always wanted to spend some time
on massanutten in valley to catch all the raptors as they pass thru in fall.
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Just curious if you'd mind me posting a shot or two of my own in this thread?

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Hi, Bob,
No, not handheld, it was tripod through our kitchen window. :-) The trees are at the back of our large yard.

Hi, Bill,
We have an amazing number of raptors and vultures round here; routinely see bald eagles, osprey, red-tailed hawks, sparrow hawks, and both turkey and black vultures!

Hi, Jodokast,
No problem as far as I'm concerned, but I think in this part of the forum you're encouraged to post your own photo at the top to get comments.

Thanks all,
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I was bitten by a vulture once and let me tell you, it hurts. The bird and I did come to an understanding. I promised not to bite him and he quit biting me. I still have a scar on my shin.
That being said, you are doing well on your focusing. The one on the right seems a little sharper and more contrasty on my screen but I wouldn't disown either one. Nicely done.
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Slowpez, we had a black vulture "visit" us at a previous house. He had apparently been injured--couldn't fly--and got caught in a wire-mesh horse fence. I finally got him loose by donning very heavy leather gloves and cutting the fence wire--glad that beak didn't actually make contact with me! A few days later, when the vulture was still there, we had an animal control officer come and take him; we hope he ended up in a wildlife rehabilitation center. BTW, we found out that vultures LOVE canned cat food...

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