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Pulled this from the archives, and it will be a resubmission, with some improvements.
Though from a distance they may appear similar to those who have not studied the differences, the slightly-less-common (in these parts) Black Vulture is--at least to me--way more imposing a figure than the Turkey Vulture. They are also more likely to kill its prey.
This was shot on a rooftop overlooking the Delaware River in New Hope, Pennsylvania. February, 2008.

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Ken Beatty
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    Wow Michele! Great shot and editing!

1/10/2013 6:37:35 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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WOW! You did great on this. I love it!!!

1/10/2013 6:39:04 AM

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This is spectacular, Michelle, Great detail and the attitude of the bird is just right.

1/10/2013 6:50:40 AM

Monnie Ryan
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Wow - totally wicked!

1/10/2013 7:11:52 AM

Gord MacEachern
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A winning image Michelle, can almost feel the ominous presence in this image, love it!!

1/10/2013 7:15:37 AM

Karen E. Michaels

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I am sure we are all glad you resubbed.
A terrific piece, brava on the processing.

1/10/2013 7:18:29 AM

Tiia Vissak
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a cool image!

1/10/2013 7:54:15 AM

isabel C. Zepeda
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WOW great capture,clarity and colors.
well done :)


1/10/2013 8:47:59 AM

Leslie McLain
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An amazing capture, Michelle.

1/10/2013 10:42:12 AM

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Cool capture.

1/10/2013 10:51:55 AM

Mike Clime
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Fantastic close up! We only see the turkey ones around here.

1/10/2013 10:56:44 AM

David Phalen
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An excellent but somewhat scary capture!! Well done, Michelle!!

1/10/2013 12:27:18 PM

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I love the pose, and this excellent wildlife capture Michelle! A nice re submit!

1/10/2013 1:51:07 PM

Jack Gaskin
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Saw about a BAZILLION of them the other day by the Dump. Check out tomorrows post they were all around me when I was shooting.


1/10/2013 2:11:19 PM

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"Kettle Mom" strikes again! I'm positive I remember this guy from a previous life!

1/10/2013 5:03:10 PM

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WOW, I love it Michelle!

1/10/2013 5:14:02 PM

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Michelle, what a capture

1/10/2013 6:01:45 PM

Carol L. Fowler
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Very ominous and dramatic capture- very awesome!

1/10/2013 6:54:23 PM

Terry Cervi
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Fantastic work, Michelle! A really cool capture!

1/10/2013 7:01:21 PM

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He certainly is very impressive!!!! Awesome work Michelle!

1/10/2013 7:25:15 PM

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What an awesome capture and presentation Michelle of a Black Vulture of which I've never seen before.

1/10/2013 9:07:55 PM

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1/10/2013 11:01:31 PM

Ann Coates
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Wow, what an imposing bird, looks like its straight out of a Harry Potter movie. Fantastic capture Michelle. As for Sela, she's not a cuddly, sit on your knee kind of cat, but she has the sweetest personality.

1/11/2013 12:05:02 AM

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Now that is one scary looking bird! Really beautiful capture Michelle!

1/11/2013 12:42:15 AM

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I wouldn't get close to him... great animal and capture!

1/11/2013 2:45:10 AM

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1/11/2013 7:00:41 AM

Marilyn Cornwell
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I know it's not a crow...but... NEVERMORE! comes to mind - what a great pose, creating a haunting image!

1/12/2013 4:56:24 AM

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Terrific capture!!

1/12/2013 5:20:23 AM

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This is amazing, Michelle!

1/12/2013 6:44:29 PM

Ken Smith
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That's a rather sinister bird...with a sinister looking mood to this. Super work, Michelle!

1/14/2013 3:52:45 AM

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A great find and excellent wildlife capture.

1/14/2013 9:42:39 AM

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Great perspective and presentation

1/14/2013 11:09:11 AM

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IN YOUR FACE PRESENTATION. Outstanding rework and what a pose you grabbed.

1/15/2013 1:37:10 PM

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I certainly would not mess with this guy. Great presentation.

1/16/2013 12:17:41 AM

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1/16/2013 6:56:32 AM

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Beautiful Capture Michelle!

1/20/2013 10:43:53 AM

Mitch Spence
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I hadn't run into black vultures much till we moved here to Florida. While I see the turkey vultures often also, the black seem to have quite a presence too. A warning at a state park said they are sometimes inclined to eat the rubber right off your windshield wipers! This is a neat shot of this imposing bird, Michelle.

1/26/2013 7:26:43 AM

Allen O. Howard
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The clock struck midnight
And through my sleeping
I heard a tapping at my door
I looked but nothing
Lay in the darkness
And so I turned inside once more

To my amazement
There stood a raven

(Alan Parsons Project)

Great shot Michelle!!!

1/30/2013 12:55:33 PM

Kelvin S. Murphy
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Now that's way cool, and appropriate for the Super Bowl this weekend.

2/2/2013 1:42:47 PM

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