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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/11, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 15:14
Viewed: 4545
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Driving through narrow caves in the Pyrenees this spring, all of a sudden this vulture crossed our way. Because the road between the rocks was so narrow I couldn't open the door of my car. I took this shot hanging nearly upside down in the car. Hope you like it.

Info from the internet:
The Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, Africa, India and Tibet, laying one or two eggs. Lammergeier or Lammergeyer (both correct) comes from the German, lämmergeier, meaning "lamb-vulture". The population is resident. Lammergeier have been re-introduced successfully into the Alps, but is still one of the rarest raptors in Europe with about 80 pairs breeding in the Pyrenees.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. It will drop bones from a height to crack them to get at the bone marrow. Its old name of Ossifrage (or Bone Crusher) relates to this habit. Live tortoises are also dropped in similar fashion to crack them open.

Unlike most vultures, Lammergeiers do not have a bald head. This huge bird is 105-125 cm long with a 235-275 cm wingspan, and is quite unlike most other vultures in flight due to its long narrow wings and wedge shaped tail.

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Great capture very beautiful,

For someone to be hanging upside down you make a darn good photograph. Very nice detailed. Good shot! The blue sky behind him gives the image a great contrast.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-28 15:36]

Hello Jacob,
What luck to be able to take such a sharp shot at the spur of the moment - and of a Lammergeier!

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-28 15:45]

hi Jacob,

what lucku for you to see such a beauty.
you are so lucky and TFS a lot for this,

Hi Jacob,

A very nicecapture, like the contrast against the blue sky. TFS


Hi Jacob,
Very natural photo! Great shot of this bird! Nice colours and detail! Well done!


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-28 21:59]

Hello Jacob,

What a great picture you are offering us here! The colors are awesome! The exposition perfect! And the bird has room to fly :-)
Very well done and TFS,


Glad you didn't fall out of the car.

Great shot of this lammergeier, good sharpness and diagonal composition.

Muy buenas Jacob
Una gran toma de un ave maravillosa,escasa e inconfundible silueta.
Un saludo,

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-09-10 20:03]

wonderful shot ... excellent colours and tones .Best wishes, kona

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