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Old Dec 8, 2012, 6:49 PM   #11
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Never knew the black vulture existed.. superb photography.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 7:59 PM   #12
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Very nice photos, the GBH photos are really lovely. They are such beautiful birds.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 11:39 PM   #13
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Excellent....excellent photography.
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Lovely series Mole ! I really like the shot of the 3 Stooges in #3 and also the gorgeous light in the shot of the young GB heron stepping into the water (#1 on that page). It doesn't always have to be pin sharp or a close up to be a beautiful shot.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 6:00 AM   #15
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Great work. You are making quite good use of that 400mm lens!
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 10:51 AM   #16
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Great captures Mole Love the GBH, I hope to get a few while in Florida next month.


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Old Dec 9, 2012, 2:35 PM   #17
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Good shots. We just have Tukey Vultures here in MN. They may be ugly, but just think of the road kill that'd pile up without 'em. Good heron and cormorant pics too.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 6:25 PM   #18
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As others have already said, these are all fabulous photos Mole. I also have never seen a black vulture -- just as in Minnesota, we only have turkey vultures here in Vermont.

Your timing was perfect on that last shot. I hope you got out of the way quickly!

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Old Dec 16, 2012, 5:37 PM   #19
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Lou - He sure must be a smart bird - wonder what he'll learn next...

D/D - We have both Black and Turkey Vultures here in East Tennessee. It seems that the Turkey Vultures are more common in the north, and the Black Vultures more common in the south. Also, Turkey Vultures have a better sense of smell, so they can "follow their nose" to find carrion. Black Vultures often follow the Turkey Vultures!

Harriet - Thanks! Herons sure are good-looking critters, and sometimes very approachable.

Les - You are too kind!

Kevin - Thanks so much! Those B Vultures sure can be comical. And I agree completely - sometimes mood of photo is more important than (or just as important as) detail.

MacBook - Yes, 400mm seems to be the ideal length for (larger) bird photos - quite "hand-holdable," but still plenty of reach.

Hans - I'll tell our herons to send their friends down to Florida next month!

Bob - Glad you enjoyed the photos. I certainly agree that these scavengers serve an essential role in the ecosystem - nature's "clean-up crew!"

MtnMan - Not so much good timing, as trying to be aware of behavioral cues. They hold their tail at a certain angle a few seconds before "letting loose." Thanks to the 400mm, I was at a safe distance!
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