Turkey Vulture for Allan

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© Regenia Brabham
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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 1, 2010
TakenMarch 18, 2004
ModelCanon EOS 20D
Exposure1/3200 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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I captured this Turkey Vulture in Corpus Christi, Texas. They are creepy up close but so graceful in flight.

78 responses

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (30 Sep 2010):

    Ugly, yes, but a great capture.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    This is spectacular and wonderful timing on the spread of the wings while it is flying.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    perfectly captured! i love the treatment.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Audubon quality. Perfection.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Fantastic capture Regenia!!! They do look ugly up close and beautiful when they fly.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    excellent capture!!!

  • allan

    allan gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    thanks Regenia,, maybe you could send him down to teach mine to fly,, :-))) awesome capture

  • Wendy Froese

    Wendy Froese gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Very nice shot! We have these at the lake in Sioux Narrows, Ontario as well...

  • Denis Beauchamp

    Denis Beauchamp gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Great action shot Regenia.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Great shot!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Great capture, Regenia! All of nature is beautiful, though God stretches the imagination on some. LOL

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Wow! What a beautiful capture of a less than beautiful creature.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (1 Oct 2010):

    Ugly faces, but vast beautiful flyers.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    One of your best wow,,fabulous capture

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • Ram Baires

    Ram Baires said (1 Oct 2010):

    WOW Nice, very nice, Thanks

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    He looks amazing in flight.. really a lovely capture!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    excellent photo!!!like it

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    They are indeed one of the most graceful of birds and an underappreciated social servant perfoming a necessary but (to us) repulsive task - I love watching them in the early morning with their wings spread...drying off - Beautiful shot!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Great timing!

  • L Perez

    L Perez gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    so gr8!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    excellent!!!! great job R!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    wow! what a great capture!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    Well shot!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    They may be ugly, but they have a very important job. I like to watch them soaring.

  • evgenia saprunova

    evgenia saprunova gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    !!!! wowwwww! cool

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    Magnificent capture..

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (3 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful capture !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Oct 2010):

    Fantastic timing.....Old buzzard flying high.

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (4 Oct 2010):


  • Deja Vu

    Deja Vu (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2010):

    Those are some big birds! They "introduced" them in a nearby city here to clean up the pigeon population. They did pretty darned good at that task!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Excellent action shot, Regenia. Feel like I can reach out and touch his wing.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Excellent Capture! I seen a bunch of these guys flying near the top of Devil's Tower in Wyo. I thought they were Eagles from where I was, but a park ranger told me they were Turkey Vultures. They are cool flying! Nice Job Regenia!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (9 Oct 2010):

    A great action shot, Regenia!

  • Noah Pellatt

    Noah Pellatt gave props (30 Nov 2010):

    Nice Shot

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Perfect timing on this one. Voted!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    yeah! back to vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (29 Mar 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (29 Mar 2012):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!


    JOE FAILK gave props (30 Mar 2012):


  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (31 Mar 2012):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    back to vote.... beautiful shot!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Stellar capture of such a magnificent creature...with a face only a mother vulture could love..

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    cool my vote

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (3 Apr 2012):

    Rad, UGLY! voted

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Awesome! my vote!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Great timing Regenia, voted ☺

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2012):

    excellent capture!! voted.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (5 Apr 2012):


  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Wow, the timing to get the wings and perfect background comp is fantastic....V

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Got my vote.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Got my vote.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    This one has my vote for sure!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (9 Apr 2012):

    My vote!

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    An amazing capture,love it.GMV.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    Great capture!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (15 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    Probably looking for his carrion luggage. Got my vote.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    Voted! Love it.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    They stink too!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) said (19 Apr 2012):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (20 Apr 2012):

    Love this shot!! BTV!

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    My vote.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2012):

    So, what's he carrion? LOL Voted!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (2 May 2012):

    Cathartes Aura ... they are beautiful and magnificent. They prevent disease by disposing (rapidly) of carrion. They are very social birds performing a necessary service that benefits mankind. Their heads are bare so that they can easily clean themselves after feeding. When they are swirling together, mostly during the morning, they are riding thermals until they break away from their roosting area to go 'hunting.' This is called a kettle while the are on the thermals. When roosting together in the evening before dark and they are still visible, they are called a 'wake' because hunched over and silhouetted they look a little like they are in mourning. The wingspan of an adult can range up to 7.1 feet, yet they weigh 3-4 pounds. This one is a youngster one-two years old. For the first year they have black heads; from one to two years their heads turn to an intense red.

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (7 May 2012):

    Count me in Regina! Vote and props Good luck and God bless.....................vince

  • Vincent J. DeSanto

    Vincent J. DeSanto gave props (10 May 2012):

    WOW, this is a great capture, I see them all the time where I live. Great image Regenia.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2012):

    Nice capture, voted

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (20 May 2012):


  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    Love the translucent feathers

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (31 May 2012):

    For sure, I love vultures (natures janitors). RAD

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    BTV ... great capture.

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