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Turkey Vulture - "Snoopy" by Alyce Taylor
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Top Ten Win in Vultures/Condors challenge in Nature Photography Challenge on June 26th, 2011.
Top Ten Win in Most Unusual Bird Challenge in The Group on May 26th, 2011.

The turkey vulture is a large raptor, nearly as large as an eagle. Males and females are almost identical in appearance. The small head is completely bare, in sharp contrast to the brownish-black feathers covering the rest of the body, except for the legs. Their beaks are sharp and pointed for tearing meat and their talons are designed for gripping rather than killing.

This raptor rocks or teeters in flight like a tightrope walker with arms extended for balance. They rarely flap their wings as they prefer to soar. The trailing edge of their wings is silver, contrasting sharply with their black underparts when seen from below.

Photographed at the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:300 mm
Exposure:1/400 at f/8
ISO 500
No post-processing

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I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

Thank you for your interest in my work,
Alyce Taylor

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Comments

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 3 years ago

    Ugly bugger, isn’t he!

  • So ugly he’s cute…and funny…all the other birds were getting too much attention so he stood on a perch with his wings wide open till people started going over and looking at him instead of the eagles :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    1 DAY 2011/04/27

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 3 years ago

    A great capture Alyce……even though I think they are the ugliest of the ugly….lol…“beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…I’m afraid NOT!!! lol!!!

  • Thanx Ruth…I think they are so ugly that they are cute…lol :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You are one of the top ten winners in the Most Unusual Bird Challenge

    May 26, 2011

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