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Turkey Buzzards
updated: Feb 25, 2013, 9:46 AM

By Ron Harris

When wandering around the Santa Barbara Zoo, I found this vulture staring back at me from his cage! They are also known as "Turkey Buzzards," since having a bald red head, they resemble the wild male turkey. These birds mainly eat carrion and we see them soaring in the air, riding on thermals, and looking for a meal.

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 COMMENT 378407 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 09:57 AM

Interesting SPAM, good shot, but try to controll your ghosting when using hight dynamic range.

 

 COMMENT 378424P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:20 AM

407: what is SPAM? (I know what spam is.)

 

 COMMENT 378431 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:28 AM

OP. I didn't use HDR filters or software. What do you mean by "ghosting." Why do you call this spam? Please explain. Looking forward to learning more from you. Thanks. Ron Harris

 

 COMMENT 378434 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:34 AM

The birds are funky looking, but this pic is really gorgeous.

 

 COMMENT 378476 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:42 AM

A vulture decided to take a commercial airline back home. Instead of putting up with airline food, it took two dead rats with it. At the airport, they told him, "we're sorry, only one carrion per passenger."

 

 COMMENT 378510P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:44 PM

Lovely picture.

As for the all-knowing critic, would love to read the "evidence".

 

 COMMENT 378546 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 01:57 PM

Thanks Ron. It's always a pleasure to see what post here.

I suppose the SPAM comment concerns itself with a professional photographer posting his work allegedly to promote his photography rather than just share it for our enjoyment. However, without any promoting, soliciting or even links to a business website it's a pretty weak and hollow argument.

 

 COMMENT 378590 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:07 PM

There are only vultures in north america, no buzzards.

 

 COMMENT 378602 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:41 PM

8407, I'm curious if you even know what you're referring to. You seem to confuse hdr methods with simple color correction (white/black point setting) and midtone contrast adjustments. Seriously, you're comparing apples and snowballs.

 

 COMMENT 378616 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 05:06 PM

Zoos have non-indigenous animals and birds.

 

 COMMENT 378660P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:07 PM

378546 Yep, and LOL. Still interested in the ghosted snowballs.

 

 COMMENT 378670 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:50 PM

Beautiful. Looks like a charcoal drawing. Love the lighting.

 

 COMMENT 378707P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:38 PM

Just think, out in the wild this bird would soar for hours, feeling the wind and serving a purpose as a scavenger. S/he would mate and live free and happy. Yet, there s/he is . . .stuck for life. Poor thing. Poor, poor bird.

 

 COMMENT 378742 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 07:45 AM

A happy buzzard is a well fed buzzard.

 

 COMMENT 378749 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:04 AM

707P This bird is spending the remainder of its life at the Zoo because there is something physically wrong with it. It was rescued, rehabilitated, but would no longer be able to survive in its natural habitat so now it spends its days at the Zoo for us to study and for us to enjoy. Sad but true.

 

 COMMENT 378910P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 02:00 PM

Wik. and other sources say that "buzzard" is an accepted North American name for vultures.

 

 GAIAGAL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:25 PM

Thanks for sharing this cool photo.

 

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