• You can see right through the nostrils.

On Watch, Turkey Vulture

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A Turkey Vulture resting near the edge of Lake Murray, in La Mesa, CA. It's amazing how many joggers and walkers, plugged in to their cellphones or iPods, are completely blind to the world around them. This guy was just off of the paved path, and he was very hard to miss. It wasn't until I was poised on the path, with my D300s and 500mm pointed at him, that people started asking me about the big bird.

Lens: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 for Nikon
Focal Length: 380 mm
Exposure: 1/1500 sec at f/8.0
ISO: 800

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  1. udelbel 53 months ago | reply

    They flew through here a few weeks ago. I wish that I could soar like one.

  2. Philip Kuntz 53 months ago | reply

    They are amazing birds, quite ugly yet interesting and important in their purpose. Yes, it is sad so many folks don't enjoy the amazing sights and nature all around them. Excellent capture of this vulture. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Diane G. 53 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture!

    Bravo!

    I think this bird image is really excellent. You are invited to post it to Excellence In Avian Photography. Please read the rules before posting your image.

  4. Diane G. 53 months ago | reply

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  5. Diane G. 53 months ago | reply

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  6. Montana Brett(takin' a big Flickr break) [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    I agree with Eric...not the best looking bird but you made a very nice shot here. I wish I could find one. Nice work.

  7. desertdarlene 53 months ago | reply

    There are 4 there last time I checked. Unfortunately, there have been a few die-offs of animals/birds (normal for the post-breeding season sometimes) and I've been seeing more vultures lately.

  8. Tarun Chopra 53 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Capture, Great Shot


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  9. Big Max Power (BMP) 53 months ago | reply

    Great shot, congrats
    -Big Max Power

  10. Giorgio50 [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful image

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  12. sdgnh 53 months ago | reply

    They miss so much of the beauty by not pausing a bit. That is one of my favorite places too. Great shot.

  13. nemesis1832 53 months ago | reply

    great shot Nick....you can almost see my parents house in your map....I've seen the vultures there...and the oblivion of the crowds...I'm kinda glad....you would end up with 500 people chasing the falcons and osprey around and no one would get any good shots....keep positing!!!

  14. Nick Chill Photography 53 months ago | reply

    nemesis1832 said:

    great shot Nick....you can almost see my parents house in your map....I've seen the vultures there...and the oblivion of the crowds...I'm kinda glad....you would end up with 500 people chasing the falcons and osprey around and no one would get any good shots....keep positing!!!

    Very true... ;)

  15. SHARKBAYTE 53 months ago | reply

    awesome shot!

  16. andrewacomb 53 months ago | reply

    Lovely photo! There's just something about these birds I like!

  17. gancog 50 months ago | reply

    AWESOME! Thank you for shooting so close. I saw four of them this morning. It was amazing!

  18. Cornell Lab of Ornithology 44 months ago | reply

    This photo appears on All About Birds, a free online bird guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Thank you for Birdsharing, and for helping people learn about birds.

  19. Robert Dutton Photography 38 months ago | reply

    Good for you drawing thwe attention to the natural world. Great shot as well. I'm considering this lens - 150-500 for my D700. Shots like these which I might be able to attain (might) are helping enormously with a swing towards it. You use this and other lenses, so well. Your portfolio makes me want to go to USA and get some sun watching surfers and photograph wildlife over there!

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