This bird was begging for it.

posted on 27th of april, 2009

Sometimes you just have to take the photo.

My wife and I recently made a trip through the California Mountains and of course from time to time we would pull over on an overlook to take a break and enjoy the view.

And naturally my friend Mr. camera is always along and on the ready.

On one of the overlooks it had a very nice view but it was early morning and had just a hint of fog hanging over the valley.

Nice to look at but not to great for photos.

But then along the side of the Mountain came this Vulture. It just soared without ever flapping it's wings. It had just a glint of sun through the fog that put a little highlight on it's feathers.

As it went by I got the camera ready and set the exposure but by then it was already by us. I mentioned to my wife that that would of been a good shot because the angle we had from the over look made it seem like we were up in the air right along side the bird.

No sooner had I said that the Vulture turned and came back to us and just made big circles right in front of us for at least five minutes.

Just enough time to try different settings on the camera to get a good shot.

When I was done I said thanks to the bird and it soared off down the coastline.

I had not planned on the shot but it was begging for it. What could I do.

Comments (9)

Comment by Karenkh on April 27, 2009

Great shot. That was so nice of him to cooperate with you.

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on April 27, 2009

What a fabulous capture! Nice shot!

Comment by P-squared on April 27, 2009

Gorgeous lighting for this shot...nice work.

Comment by Creativei on April 27, 2009

Hi Mr. Dave, thats one of the best shot I have seen, ummm perfect. I guess you need thank the vulture too. Anways lovely picture and great job

Comment by Dcwcreations on April 27, 2009

Thanks for the comments, Always appreciated.

Comment by Marilyngould on April 27, 2009

This is the most attractive shot of this bird that I have seen -- thinking that it is a California Turkey Vulture and they are generally not appreciated for their "good looks" :) The lighting through the wings is beautiful. Well done.

Comment by Emmacharles on April 27, 2009

Wonderful shot ! Nature gives us many great opportunities for creativity, your bird shot is a proof of that.

Comment by Komar on April 27, 2009

Haha yeah it's amazing how many birds get a buzz from being in front of the lens. Great shot by the way.

Comment by Cmarshall717 on April 27, 2009

Very nice! Yes, the light in the wings makes the shot. The head is also lit so you see some color.

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