Black Vultures at Iguazu Falls

October 30, 2015

Vultures (1)

Photographer:  Brent Watson
Summary AuthorBrent Watson
The black vultures (Coragyps atratus) lurking in this rain-forest tree are common scavengers in the Americas, ranging from the southern U.S. to the northern two-thirds of South America. They grow to lengths between 22 and 29 in (56-74 cm), with a wingspan of up to 66 in (167 cm). The mist that arises around them, making this scene seem eerier, is created by the monstrous Iguazu Falls (bottom photo). These falls span about 1 3/4 mi (3 km) and consist of up to 300 separate waterfalls, depending on the flow rate of the Iguazu River. This 180-degree panorama was captured near Devil’s Throat, the largest portion of the falls. Note that mist from the enormous amount of falling water obscures the lower half (135 ft or 41 m) of the falls here. Photos taken on October 3, 2015.

Photo Details: Top - Camera: SONY ILCE-6000; Lens: E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS; Focal Length: 210mm (35mm equivalent: 315mm); Aperture: ƒ/6.3; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows).