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Jimmy The Griffon Vulture

Jimmy The Griffon Vulture
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-30 23:34
Viewed: 3771
Points: 10
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Jimmy is a Griffon Vulture that free flies in a display at the Cotswold Falconry Center, in Moreton-in-Marsh. For a Great day out I highly recommend a visit. Cotswold Falconry Center is home to up to 100 birds of prey at any one time. Falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and caracara are all here. Other attractions include daily flying displays, a gift shop and the Owl Wood Project, where the secret life of owls is revealed.

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

The Griffon Vulture is 93–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 230–280 cm (91–111 in) wingspan, and it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very 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.

Little is known about the average life-span of these birds. It is approximated at 50 to 70 years in the wild, but the oldest death recorded in captivity is 118 years old.

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.

Info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffon_Vulture

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a wonderful species photographed with all perfection great background. thanks for sharing.

Hello Pam!
Great portrait with very good focus and details, interesting pose, very good composition. The well blurred bg emphasizes the subject.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-31 3:19]

Hi Pam.
Very good portrait of this amazing bird. Sharp details, natural colors, BG.....all is perfect. Well done! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Milos

Bonjour Pam,
Très beau portrait valorisant bien la magnifique attitude du sujet ; excellente profondeur de champ et bonne lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-31 8:59]

Hello Pam,
How nice to see a photo from your hand. Beautiful portrait of this vulture in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF and blurred BG. Nice composition.

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