19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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Black Vultures are a much-maligned species, and are often blamed for human-wildlife conflicts. Many of these conflicts result from human neglect and lack of knowledge about living with wildlife. When I stumbled upon a roost site that was regularly used by a large group of Black Vultures I decided to use the opportunity to highlight their unique personalities through photography to help illustrate that while they live in groups, these groups are family groups similar to our own families made up of unique family members. It was a rainy September day and these birds were perched on the railing of a boat dock. I liked the juxtaposition created by the crouched bird in the foreground and the standing bird in the background.

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Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Galena, Ohio, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Copyright: © Casey Tucker