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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!
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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!
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LupusAzulli Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You must really take ALOT of time to take pictures of these guys. :omg:
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Stegos Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Artist
OMG! :heart: I love you for this!
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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:
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skyfinder Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
they look so cute! :D thanks fo the ref
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Snow-Kitten-88 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Thank you for the reference photos, I will definitely use these some day! :heart:
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blitzcattbabe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is a fantastic resource! Thank you so much!!!
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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
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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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tulokyn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Ah, thank you! I would argue, though, that 6x6" pictures are a lot better than dA's shrunken version. :3 Much appreciated, and such a fast reply!
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noctro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent photographs! Many thanks for putting up this compilation =D
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist
Gotta love the turkey vulture. Man I miss being around these birds. Great shots! I love how you're putting them all together like this, it's great.
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ChatLunatique Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I'd love to see more photos of her feet. Amazing reference! I never noticed the nostril opening went all the way through before!

Course I usually see vultures at quite a bit of a greater distance. They are really shy of people here.
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I adore these birds-I've tried so hard to find good references of this species, and in vain.

And here it is! Wonderful job, she did a great job posing for you. XD One of my favorite features of TVs is that nose. :D
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I love the nose too (and the "smile," and the feathers... oh, I could go on about how beautiful TUVUs are :))
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
THAT FACE OMG! how can turkey vultures be so cute and ugly at the same time?
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Because they're so smiley!
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
ha! i do believe you're right.
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Cyaneus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhh thank you ILU this is amazing!!
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:iconthe-bleached-dalsuta:
national geo graphic had an awsome shut of some turkey vultures sun bathing
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extorpid Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! OMG. You do not know how much I love vultures. My fascination began when I found a vulture skull, and I began looking deeper into what they were really like. Most people think of vultures are like, "gross" but, they are actually VERY beautiful!
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Jillianimal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Biggest smile in the animal kingdom.
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THeJeSTeRsDRaGoNXii Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
i never realized how funky their heads are, especially the nostrils
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You can see through them! :D
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THeJeSTeRsDRaGoNXii Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
I KNOW!!!!

thats really super cool, I never realized that! then again I never really had a chance to see birds up close and personal, minus my sister's Cockatiel. I used to wake up with her on my pillow giving me kisses to wake me up because my sister thought it was hilarious.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for this!!
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stripedfoxx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Dude! I'm currently working on a book project with a turkey vulture gryphon as the main character, this is exactly what I need! Thank you so much!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to hear more about that. Turkey vultures and gryphons--sounds like two of my favorite things combined into one!
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stripedfoxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
I've finally gotten around to uploading an image of his head, your ref sheet has been fully credited in the description. Thanks a bunch! ;) [link]
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