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The Griffon Vulture or Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is an Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.
The Griffon Vulture is 95–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 230–265 cm (91–105 in) wingspan, and it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). It is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.
Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.
p.s. This shot was taken in Chisinau Zoo. Trying to take first shots with x1.7Teleconverter in conjunction through step-down ring (58mm-55mm). So, it's summary 510mm focal lenght!
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a great portrait of this Griffon Vulture
captured with excellent management of light and color and perfect details
Great colors, excellent background, splendid sharpness and details (the flash in blue eye)..
Beautiful close up capture with superb colors and good sharpness.
- [2009-02-06 9:45]
Thanks for kind words concerning my last photo. I am pleased that you like it.
I also like your shots and this one too. Vulture from your Zoo is more attractive than ours. And you managed to represent it so skillfully. I am impressed with amazing reproduction of its feathers and other charming details. Colours and lighting also are delicate and beautiful and composition of the shot as well as the impressive framing of the pictured scene. Well done and all the best for you.