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Griffon vulture

Griffon vulture
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 0:47
Viewed: 4083
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This vulture has been photographed in the Antwerp Zoo.
It shared its spot with an antelope. So there was no aviary issue photography-wise.
Obviously this specific bird can't fly. Otherwise it was in a good condition as far as I know.

Support: monopod
Weather: quite sunny

Digital darkroom:
LR, CR and PS.

From wikipedia...
Griffon vulture

Status in Europe

In Italy, the species survived only in Sardinia, but was re-introduced in a few other areas of the peninsula. As a result, several specimens been spotted again in August 2006 on the Gran Sasso massif (central Italy).
In Croatia, a colony of Griffon Vultures can be found near the town of Beli on the island of Cres. There they're specific by breeding on lower heights, with some nests just 10 m from sea level. Therefore, contact with people is common.
In Cyprus, there is a colony at Episkopi, in the south of the island.
Colonies of Griffon Vultures can be found in northern Israel, especially in the Golan heights where a large colony breeds at Gamla, and in the Carmel Mountains and the Negev desert, where ongoing reintroduction projects are being carried out at breeding centers in the Carmel and Negev.
In Greece, there are nearly 1000 birds. On Crete they can be found in most mountainous areas,sometimes in groups of up to 20.
Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France; about 500 animals are now found there.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, around 100 birds were present in the summer of 2007. These were vagrants from the Pyrenees population (see below).
In Germany, the species died out in the mid-18th century. Some 200 vagrant birds, probably from the Pyrenees, were sighted in 2006, and several dozen of the vagrants sighted in Belgium the following year crossed into Germany in search for food. There are plans to reintroduce the species in the Alps.
In Serbia, there are around 60-65 pairs of Griffon Vultures in western parts of the country, around Zlatar mountain, and they are under legal protection from hunting.
In Switzerland, there is a population of several dozen birds.
In Austria, there is a remnant population around Salzburg Zoo, and vagrants from the Balkans are often seen.
In Spain, there are tens of thousands of birds, from a low of a few 1000 around 1980.
The Pyrenees population has apparently been affected by an EC ruling that due to danger of BSE transmission, no carcasses must be left on the fields for the time being. This has critically lowered food availability, and consequently, carrying capacity. Although the Griffon Vulture does not normally attack larger living prey, there are reports of Spanish Griffon Vultures killing weak, young or unhealthy living animals as they do not find enough carrion to eat.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-10 3:50]

Hallo Annick,
Op zich niet moeders mooiste, zelfs niet in vergelijking met andere gieren, maar de foto is super. Erg goed scherp portret in een uitstekende compositie. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren, zeker ook in de vage achtergrond.

Another perfect profile portrait bristling with fine detail Annick, you really are a master portrait photographer my friend. TFS it indeed!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-10 9:03]

Hi Annick.
Wonderful portrait of a very cute bird. I know not everyone love this species. However, they are very beautiful and you have proved this thesis by your excellent shot. Ultimate reproduction of the feather, eye and beak. BG is great and it is usual for your great lens and your great photos. My best regards and kind wishes.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-10 9:17]

Hello Annik,

You have made a very fine portret of this bird. The image is sharp showing well bird's head. Fine details can be well seen as you have chosen a good DOF and a very nice light.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-10 16:55]

Hello Annick,
Outstanding close up, look at that beak, no wonder they can pick at a carcass and remove every bit of flesh. The details achieved by your great camera work are amazing my friend, thank you.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-10 23:51]

Hi Annick

Masterful shot - fantastic detail, showing what the lense can do!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-11 4:13]

Hello Annick, What a closeup shot. Superb. Excellent details and lovely lighting. Well composed shot. Ganesh

schitterende foto Annick,
je kunt de veertjes tellen, de scherpte is prachtig en uiteraard ook een goede dov een perfecte voorstelling, proficiat.
prettige avond.
groet jaap

Ciao Annick, splendid portrait of superb volture, fantastic details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wonderful portrait of a very cute bird.

Hello Annick

What a great use of the frame,the composition is wonderful.
Excellent tack sharp focus and details.
The DOF and POV are terrific.
Great job.


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