Black Vulture close-up in Costa Rica, handholding 300mm f/4

Published March 19, 2015 in Field Notes

Not the most attractive species to photograph, due to its abundance and… well, physical appearance and behavior, the Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), can make for some interesting portraits. Here I got very close to the subject with the vehicle and shot handholding the 300mm f/4 and extender. Because of the low light I went up to 1250 ISO, but the noise of the Canon 7D is not noticeable.

If you want to hear the amazing sounds of the Black Vulture nestlings, that could well be a Red Dragon in the Middle Earth, go to the Cornell Website here: