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November 13, 2010
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TUVU head different angles ref by Ciameth TUVU head different angles ref by Ciameth
Turkey vulture head at different angles/lighting. Turkey vultures being my favorite animal ever, this is the ref I'm most delighted to present to everybody! The majority of the photos are modeled by one female vulture, a permanent resident with a bad shoulder. A few of the photos (particularly the goofier shots) were modeled by a bird I was very fond of, who sadly passed away this year. You can read about him if you like by clicking on the first of the portraits at the bottom of the artist's comments. The second-to-last row features a typical picture of these two together, chummy till the fickle female would abruptly decide her buddy needed to be put back in his place. Never any injuries, but a few feathers were occasionally lost :)

No need to link back, but I'm always happy to see the drawings people do using my references (especially for this one, since I love vultures). Not for photo-manipulation. More references:

Red-tailed Hawk: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Great Horned Owl: [link]
Barn Owl: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Golden Eagle: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor feet: [link]

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TransparentGhost Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful stock! I'm in love with these vultures now so I'll have to paint more of them sometime :D
Used it as reference here [link]
Thank you!
Giga-the-dog Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Turkey vultures are so cool! Been looking for a ref like this! Thanks so much!
LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You must really take ALOT of time to take pictures of these guys. :omg:
Stegos Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Artist
OMG! :heart: I love you for this!
Oliphak Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm going to say that... Turkey vultures are one of my favourite birds. C:
By the way, I like your bird photos. :heart:
skyfinder Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
they look so cute! :D thanks fo the ref
Snow-Kitten-88 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Thank you for the reference photos, I will definitely use these some day! :heart:
blitzcattbabe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is a fantastic resource! Thank you so much!!!
tulokyn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Any chance of getting this as a high res download like your other references? I like details. :3
Ciameth Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops, I forgot to click the allow-download button on this one. Thanks for pointing it out! Though, with my non-professional camera, the pics aren't especially high res (I can't wait till I have money for a semi-decent camera).
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