This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, just after dawn. The landowner, a bird enthusiast, recently built this large structure (800 pounds!) as a nesting stand for a pair of osprey that frequent the area, but the osprey haven't used it yet.
As I was marveling at the stand and taking photos of it, this turkey vulture flew right into the frame! Turkey vultures are often seen in this spread-winged stance called the "horaltic pose." It helps dry their wings from the morning dew and also helps warm their bodies.
Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 180mm f3.5L lens at 180mm, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125s, aperture f/14. Curves, color balancing.
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Wow. I'm really speachless. Perfect composition and colour gradient. There's something mystic about this picture, something supernatural. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, that's really cool.
I have never associated Osprey with that area. I see lots of them down South Jersey, but I don't recall ever seeing them elsewhere in Jersey.
I've never seen a Turkey Vulture in that pose either. Very impressive photo. Very well timed, and the atmosphere with the mist is perfect.
I love how the vulture is overlooking the mangled field. Nicely composed and the fog adds just a little something extra. Great work.
beautiful shot. Nice timing with the bird.
Wow! Incredible shot. Really well timed, exposed, composed, everything. Super!
Turkey vultures drying their wings always seems "Christ-like to me. Powerful imagery.
This is an amazing picture. I wanted to thank you for your site. Your pictures are incredible.
I live in Highlands, NJ and now day trips to Bucks County are mandatory. Thanks.
I see so many of these raptors every morning near my home. They remind me of a Phoenix rising from the ashes with their wings spread like so. A riveting composition, Kathleen. Very atmospheric and mystical.
First vulture I've seen setting his sails in a crow's nest....doing an impression of a moon raker at very low tide?......proud bird or just wind vain?.....thar she pose, captian!....up all sails and reef the turkey...."four and twenty" in the hold for impersonating an osprey...
A marvelous capture of mistical imagery, no joke.
Shoot on, young lady!
Beautiful composition. Kudos!
Super image, Kathleen! Do you happen to know how the builder got the structure standing upright? I assume he built it in parts laying on the ground. Just curious! :)
It's like a living totem pole. Quite lovely.
I have never seen a buzzard drying its wings. It kinda reminds me of a cormorant.
What is that all over the ground? It gives the shot a very creepy feel. We have birds down here that actually swim and dive and when they are done they stand in this same position to dry their wings. If i'm not mistaken I think they're called Anhingas.
Excellent capture and composition. The lighting couldn't be better. The bird looks like he spreading his wings to pay respects to the sun god that is bathing him in myterious light from above. This is an excellent image, Kathleen.
Judith: I've asked Dave, the landowner, to give us his story about how got the structure up there. When I hear from him I'll post it here and let you know.
Michael George: What you see is last season's corn stalks on the ground, with plenty of new weeds filling in between the rows. :)
Impressing photo and bird as well..
What an amazing photo, very peaceful and ethereal.
I perch here far above the ground, warming myself in the early morning light. You drive by and what do you see? Is it the noble and proud Bald Eagle, ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ), the symbol of our country? No? In that case it must be the Osprey, ( Pandion haliaetus ), that handsome and impressive fisher who resides along waterways. No? Then what type of bird would produce such a majestic silhouette?
A Turkey Buzzard of course! Not a romantic visual perhaps but a functional bird nonetheless. You see me cleaning up your messes every day so show a little appreciation.
It has been said that patience is a virtue, but for me, it's a meal!
I've seen cormorants stand with their wings spread to dry off, but I'd never have expected it from a turkey vulture. Very haunting scene.
Magnificent and intriguing image, we don't have vultures or buzzards in our country, just hawks, so have enjoyed looking up info on this species. My congratulations to the builder of the nesting station, something the best Kiwi farmer/birdlover would be proud of. Thank you for this and your other beautiful images, I learn a lot from them about your part of the world, and visit your site every day.
Wow ! Absolutely incredible. Fantastic light.
Haven't visited for awhile, but must remedy that since I think your photos are outstanding.
Can I do a link from my blog with your photo, and your name and references?!
Yet again a beautiful shot!
Wow, beautiful! I just love this picture! :)
I know a local bird watcher that told a few years ago where a Osprey's nest is located and it is in upper Bucks County. I am sure that you have driven past it many times. I will not diclose it's location on a public website out of respect for the wildlife.
Great contra-light makes nice silhouette. Great mist back there! Like it!
Very, very original! It's easy to see why your site is so popular!