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Old Nov 15, 2009, 3:57 PM   #1
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Default Meet a pair of good natured kids - Err, Turkey Vultures

I spotted these guys about 60 yards away, perched in a dying tree, overlooking a lake. Took about an hour, and I got within twenty feet of them. These are Juvenile Turkey Vultures. And the Turkey Vulture is a kind, sweet soul - I kid you not.

Taking pictures in situations like this, is to advance very slowly, pause and shoot, (because you never know when you will be spotted) and repeat endlessly.

First picture shows the scene.





One of them spotted me, isn't quite sure what I am, or if I'm a threat - But he just flexed his wings...



This shot was taken from twenty feet, which is about as close as I can get and still focus.



This is a close crop of the above, and if you look carefully you can see me and the wonderful blue sky in this young kids eyes.



These shots were taken with my old Nikon D1x, and Swarovski Scope, with the 800mm camera adapter.

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Old Nov 15, 2009, 6:18 PM   #2
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Do folks call this digiscoping??? Nice captures.
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Old Nov 15, 2009, 6:30 PM   #3
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Do folks call this digiscoping??? Nice captures.
Well yes, sort of. The scope is connected to the camera just as if it was a lens. Whereas most people, when they think of digiscoping, think of some Rube Goldberg connection, which may or may not be completely stable. In other words, my Scope should be looked at as a lens with just one fixed f-stop. Optics ain't bad...

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Well yes, sort of. The scope is connected to the camera just as if it was a lens. Whereas most people, when they think of digiscoping, think of some Rube Goldberg connection, which may or may not be completely stable. In other words, my Scope should be looked at as a lens with just one fixed f-stop. Optics ain't bad...

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Good Natured ?! seems they knew they were not getting any kind of meat from Chato no matter how fresh or old! lol
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Hi Chato!

I'm just admiring your great shots here - look at #2, 3 and 4 - What details! Amazing that you can get that close to a wild bird, you'll actually see your own reflection it its's eye!!

I just noticed the birds nostrils go right through the scull! What an amazing, but ugly looking, bird.

I don't have enough knowledge about wildlife to fully appreciate these shots, but I certainly do like these her! You must have a lot of patience.

Thank you for sharing.

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The Turkey Vulture is actually a fantastic bird, with a unique life.

The Turkey Vulture Society

Half of their diet is actually vegetation, and unlike other speicies of vulture, they rarely or ever will harm anything living. They will share their food with other vultures, and even notify neighboring flocks if they make a major find.

These of course were just "kids." One of them spotted me and tried to tell his buddy by nudging him. Finally he flew away, and left his friend. When his friend STILL didn't move, he came back and whacked him a few times.

Well, the "damage" had already been done. I got my pictures!!!!

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