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Black vulture - a face only a mother could love Kind of interesting to see vultures up close. Many people think that they are ugly but apparently vultures mostly lack feathers on their heads (or as you can see here - they have them but they are very thin and hair-like) to avoid having them get fouled with blood when they insert their heads into cadavers. Black Vulture,Coragyps atratus,Costa Rica,Geotagged,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Black vulture - a face only a mother could love

Kind of interesting to see vultures up close. Many people think that they are ugly but apparently vultures mostly lack feathers on their heads (or as you can see here - they have them but they are very thin and hair-like) to avoid having them get fouled with blood when they insert their heads into cadavers.

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  1. Love it, fantastic capture! Posted 6 months ago
  2. Another commonly misunderstood creature:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sfvhd
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Lots of the ones we love are misunderstood - HA. So is that you in the photo behind the vulture?! Posted 6 months ago
      1. Lol no, that's not me. Posted 6 months ago
    2. Bummed to say that they are not allowing me to view this, because I am not in Britain. Is there a work around for this?
      Heather Bruce
      Posted 6 months ago
      1. I'd say there's two major ways:

        1) Find some illegal copy somewhere (I don't recommend this, just saying it is one method)

        2) Use a VPN. With a VPN, you connect from your current location to a network in Britain, next the connection is made from Britain to wherever you want to go. This makes it impossible for a service to detect you as not being in Britain. VPNs can be tricky though, the good ones cost money and you also have to be careful to not use shady ones.

        3) The third option, of course, is to simply buy (or rent) it.
        Posted 6 months ago

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The Black Vulture also known as the American Black Vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America. Although a common and widespread species, it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the Turkey Vulture, which breeds well into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian Black Vulture. The latter.. more

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Uploaded May 16, 2017. Captured Apr 18, 2013 21:34 in 250, Alajuela Province, SaĆ­no, Costa Rica.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/5.8
  • 1/202s
  • ISO200
  • 150.5mm