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Old May 5, 2007, 6:00 PM   #1
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Early this morning I went wandering along the Little Red River next to the federal fish hatchery. The thick fog coming off the river made it impossible to get anything worthwhile there, but I glanced over at the hatchery and was surprised to see a whole flock of black vultures. The central meeting spot was the top of a fence around the hatchery's dumpsters.
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Old May 5, 2007, 6:01 PM   #2
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These guys are definitely not going to win any beauty contests.
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Old May 5, 2007, 6:05 PM   #3
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Although this photo isn't the sharpest and has lots of noise (taken at ISO 3200), I included it to show just how many of these guys were around, ready to feast on the trout in the runways at the hatchery. I counted 15 in this shot alone.
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'what big feet you have grandma..'! yup seriously ugly birds, glad we dont have them over here! look big enough to take my dog away! well done on getting these shots and thanks for sharing them.

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Old May 6, 2007, 11:38 PM   #5
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I had never even seen a black vulture before. All of the ones I had seen in Arkansas before were turkey vultures. From talking to a frequent hatchery visitor, these guys have become a real nuisance. They have no fear of humans, as you can see from how close I was able to get. These shots were taken very shortly after dawn and the mist off the river made contrasts difficult.
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