Warning: No Lifeguard On Duty


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Do you ever get the feeling that some birds or animals can read?

I’ll let people make their own judgment on what this photograph means, as I feel that it is pretty self explanatory. I will however mention a detail or two about how it was captured, as from just looking at the image, it is hard to tell that this is yet one more example of kayak photography. That is I was kayaking on Tomales Bay in California, on a grey and foggy day (the reason for the even lighting and the good detail in the dark colors of the vulture), when I came across a group of seven or eight vultures sitting on the beach, some of them with their wings spread to dry.

It took some careful, slow paddling to get myself into position to capture this vulture without spooking it, as I wanted a photograph with its wings in the air. Some of the picture I took of the other vultures on the beach remain some of my favorite most detailed photographs of these birds that I have taken, but I thought all of you would get the biggest kick out of this one. Enjoy

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website- www.galenleeds.net
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9 Responses to Warning: No Lifeguard On Duty

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh yeah, I’m definitely liking this capture. The sign just adds to the composition. Masterfully done my friend!

  2. sean lemert says:

    There’s a gang of vultures that hang in a tall pine across the street from us. The other day in a light rain they were perched in the tree with their wings spread wide–in the rain! Taking a bath, I guess. Any idea?

    • I’m not really sure why they would have their wings spread in a light rain. It could be that they were feeling a little damp, and not really feeling the light rain, didn’t realize that it would only make them wetter

  3. Very funny, but nice capture of the vultures. I thought you may have Photoshopped a new background. I guess you are always very lucky on the composition.

  4. I love the sens of humor of this picture !
    Great shot !!

  5. WildBlack says:

    Brilliant shot :) It speaks for itself…

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