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King vulture preening. This vulture is part of my abstract bird series.
The photograph was made in a studio setting devoid of background noise to bring attention to the casual preening behavior & to emphasize the wart like protuberances & colorful wattles unique to the vulture.
The bird comes from a educational facility, he came in the country via the black market and was confiscated in USA. No longer able to be released he lives with a handler who educates the public on birds and illegal animal trafficking. I use my images whenever possible to bring attention to the illegal wildlife trade.