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Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E410, Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f3.5-5.6, Kenko Skylight 1B + 1.7 Tele
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 6:57
Viewed: 4461
Points: 8
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Griffon Vulture
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 95110 cm (3743 in) long with a 230265 cm (91105 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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hello Sochirca!
a great portrait of this Griffon Vulture
captured with excellent management of light and color and perfect details

compliments sERGIO

Hi Dan..

Great colors, excellent background, splendid sharpness and details (the flash in blue eye)..

Genialishe vulturash-vraghie..


Hello Sochirca,
Beautiful close up capture with superb colors and good sharpness.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-06 9:45]

Hi Dan.
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.

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