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Turkey Vulture
Photographer: Lynn Cleveland
Location: Erie Canal, Canajoharie, NY
During a fishing trip on the Eric Canal in Central New York, I was watching a Turkey Vulture slowly circling in the sky above the canal. It worked its way down to the rocks on the bank - I wondered if it was going to take a bath since it was quite hot out. It hopped along the rocks, stopping and reaching to grab the carcass of a large dead carp floating near shore. For 10 minutes or so, the Vulture attempted to grab the carp to haul it up on the rocks where it could eat it. The carp was huge, too big for the bird to pull it out of the water - and the birds almost ended up in the water with the carp a couple of times. In this image, this was the best the Vulture could do - it never lifted the carp higher.
Digital Alterations: 
Slight exposure and color correction. Slight sharpening.
Camera Information: Nikon D7100, Nikon 500mm f/4, Hand-held
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