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This White Headed Vulture has the classic  `face that only a mother could love`.  Appropriate choice for today, I thought. (:o)

Photographed at Libertys Raptor Centre - Ringwood.


comments (13)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Mar 2008, 01:17
Looks a right handsome fella with his well-scrubbed look...wildlife shows usually feature these animals with the heads covered in blood&guts.
Excellent photo, Roz, especially with your dramatic angle.
Rosalyn Sears: I guess these guys are fed on cubes of meat from the as not to scare the kids. lol! A lot of these birds have been rescued from situations where they have been illegally kept as `pets`, so I can`t imagine they have ever been neck-deep in carrion.

As for the angle - it was literally the only shot I could get, but I felt the camera handled it really well.

Thanks for the encouraging comments. I hope your thumbnails open up soon, I believe they may be one of my favorite subjects. (:o)
  • Bruce
  • Germany
  • 2 Mar 2008, 06:15
I had a science teacher who looked like him.
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Love it! As anniedog says, there is something very human about his expression. (:o)
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2008, 10:39
There's something very human about his expression. If you took away the beak, it could be an elderly lady wearing a feather boa!
Rosalyn Sears: lol! I know exactly what you mean. (:o)
It's almost scary that you were able to get so close to something with a beak like that. Awesome photograph!!!
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you like it, Mary. It is amazing how much confidence a bit of wire mesh can give you. lol! (:o)
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 2 Mar 2008, 10:50
Stunning detail in this. You've got great skills with your bird captures specially from what I've seen in your archive. Not easy subjects by any means.
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you for those very kind comments. There was a high attrition rate of photographs, and it took me a while to work out how to focus past the wire mesh, but it was such a wonderful outing. (:o)
I'm a bit worried as he has a glint in his eyewink
Rosalyn Sears: He does look a bit wicked, doesn`t he? (:o)
  • kay
  • United States
  • 2 Mar 2008, 16:45
I love the colors on her/his face. It almost looks it's coming from a stained glass window on the side.
Rosalyn Sears: I have no idea why, but I keep calling him `he`. The wire mesh did cast some interesting shadows. (:o)
Ros, your bird series are well taken. Though I would want to keep my distance from this fellow.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you for your kind comments, Helen. Much appreciated. (:o)
I love your comment Roz! This is another super picture
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Bill. Pleased you enjoyed this one. (:o)
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 3 Mar 2008, 02:15
Is this a baby? Again, the eyes are amazing!
Rosalyn Sears: No, I think this is a fully grown adult. (:o)
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 3 Mar 2008, 18:54
I think this is my favorite of your captive bird series so far. I'll have to go back in my files and see if I can dig up some photos I took at a wildlife rehabilitation center last summer. There was a hawk with one blind eye, and three barred owls on a single perch...
Rosalyn Sears: I`d love to see your photographs, Dave. I am absolutely hooked on these amazing birds now. (:o)
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 5 Mar 2008, 22:14
I posted a shot at my regular blog:

Nowhere near the detail and intimacy of your bird photos, but striking in its own way, I guess. (I had all of five minutes to snap photos there that day.)
  • deb
  • 6 Mar 2008, 00:21
What an amazing creature! And you've captured him so!!!! I'm just loving your birds, Roz. Each one I see just gets better and better!

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