Taken 31-Jul-10
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Dimensions4752 x 3168
Original file size6.42 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken31-Jul-10 13:57
Date modified17-Apr-11 00:36
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 50D
Focal length300 mm
Exposure1/400 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Landscape
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern
Turkey Vulture - "Snoopy"

Turkey Vulture - "Snoopy"

The turkey vulture is a large raptor, nearly as large as and 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.

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