Monday, October 3, 2011

Taking Pictures of Animals: The King Vulture

King Vulture
Photography of animals is easily done. You can find animals in your back yards, parks, zoos, and in the wild around you. Don't be afraid of letting the shutter close time and time again. Not every shot is gold, but by taking pictures you will get valuable experience in shot selection. Another reason to just keep taking pictures is that animals are rarely cooperative. To be sure you are going to end up with a good picture that is focused well, and is not blurry take a couple extra pictures.

It is good to be king. Long live the king. This guy is a king vulture found in Central and South America. I took this picture not only to capture the striking coloration of this bird but to capture the the majesty of this giant bird. He is truly a king among mere mortals.

This beautiful creature the king vulture, lives for up to thirty years in the lowland forests ranging from Mexico to Argentina. They occasionally make kills, but generally eat carrion feeding on the carcasses of anything they can find.

King vultures are not endangered, but are a rare find in the wild. Deforestation in South America has contributed to the rarity of seeing this majestic site.

By Joshua Kirton
Other animal photography: Meerkats, Snowy Egret, Eastern Great Egret, and Iguana

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