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If only they were eagles...
Posted By: heliphoto, 05-09-2009, 03:39 PM

I came upon these turkey vultures this morning alongside the road - very photogenic (if they weren't so ugly)...


#1 The basking tree...


#2


#3 Preening...



#4 Catching some rays...


#5


#6


All shot with the Tamron SP 400mm F4, on a tripod f/7.1, 1/2000 sec., ISO 400 (last is f/9 & 1/500)
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05-09-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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Josh, there is no denying that it's an ugly bird but these are really nice captures in any case. Thanks for posting them because we will never see them in our area.
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I agree, they are really nice captures. Great work.
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When in flight they ~ARE~ eagles . . .

> If only they were eagles...

1. Vultures are truly beautiful birds.

2. When in flight they ~ARE~ eagles . . .









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I looks like that one on the left on #2 is sizing you up!

Great pictures...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Heinrich Lohmann Quote
Josh, there is no denying that it's an ugly bird but these are really nice captures in any case. Thanks for posting them because we will never see them in our area.
Thanks Heinrich - I'm surprised there are none where you live - they're ubiquitous around here.
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I agree, they are really nice captures. Great work.
Thanks Oren - had fun with the big lens along the highway. Lotsa people staring...
QuoteOriginally posted by fwcetus Quote
> If only they were eagles...

1. Vultures are truly beautiful birds.

2. When in flight they ~ARE~ eagles . . .
Well Fred, I do love to watch them fly (nice shots), but I still hold that they're ugly - I don't like that punk rock piercing through the bridge of their nose...


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I looks like that one on the left on #2 is sizing you up!

Great pictures...

Steve
Indeed Steve - it's not the first time I've caught the eye of one of theses guys...

Yeah - that photos a bit overprocessed leading to that halo around the bird - I'll go work on that right now... EDIT: uploading the replacement right now so you shouldn't see the halo now... nevermind ...

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Great series Josh. JIM
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Looks very zen with your first image in deed!

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Hey, Josh - beautiful photos of ugly birds.

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Great shots Josh - ugly or not a very unique looking bird.
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great series very ugly birds
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Great shots. While an ugly bird they serve a purpose, just as long we don't have to see them
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Great shots Josh - ugly or not a very unique looking bird.
You should *never ever* say such a thing to a lady: "What a unique looking dress you have!"

Josh, those photos are realy good, I like them very much! I find it very difficult to get such nice blue sky behind this kind of subjects....
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Great series Josh. JIM
Thanks Jim.

QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Looks very zen with your first image in deed!
Thanks James - Seeing them all in that tree convinced me to turn around and get the big lens out.

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Hey, Josh - beautiful photos of ugly birds.

Jer
Thanks Jer.

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Great shots Josh - ugly or not a very unique looking bird.
Thank you Dave. Unique .

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great series very ugly birds
Thank you S20, glad you liked 'em.

QuoteOriginally posted by Scottnorwo Quote
Great shots. While an ugly bird they serve a purpose, just as long we don't have to see them
Ah but I seem to take so many shots of 'em, you'd better avoid my posts if you don't want to see 'em .

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You should *never ever* say such a thing to a lady: "What a unique looking dress you have!"

Josh, those photos are realy good, I like them very much! I find it very difficult to get such nice blue sky behind this kind of subjects....
Thanks Rense, I think the early hour (0800 local) helped with the blue skies, and also, one of the first things I noticed about this lens is the beautiful way it handles blue sky - it's really remarkable and I can't explain why it would be different than my other lenses, but it is.
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Great series Josh! Beautiful plumage like an eagle, but ugly (all business) heads...

For those not aware: this is a very common behavior of red/black vultures first thing in the morning and a great chance to take advantage of it. Evidently thermoregulation & drying is the reason for this behavior in vultures.

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