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Griffon Vulture and Jackal

Griffon Vulture and Jackal
Photo Information
Copyright: Yoram Shpirer (shpirery) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 88] (1359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MkII N, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 7:06
Viewed: 17961
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 40
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Griffon Vulture and Jackal in the Golan
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-12 7:11]

Hi Yoram,
Great action shot! The scene you captured and your timing is impressive. Focus, sharpness, color tones, light and clarity are also very good. Bravo and TFS
Best always,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-12 7:14]

Special, the action is super. Very good POV.

Fantastic action shot. Perfect performance by all parties involved. All available thumbs up!
Cheers, Klaus

Well this is certainly a dramatic image. At first I questioned the veracity of it, but the details seem to hold true. I guess I just don't know the relative sizes of these animals. I would have thought that a jackal would be larger in relationship to a vulture. The color, sharpness and exposure all look great to me.

Evelynn : )

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-12 7:56]

Hello Yoram
Excellent action image.Sharp image and good details.colors are alsonice.
TFS Michel

Great moment!
Very nice capture and nice composition,


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-12 9:15]

hi yoram,
amazing picture..you have very well captured the 2 species in action..all the details are perfect..
if you had got the wings in frame, no doubt this was an award winning picture.

A very impressive shot
Best regards

What is this, Yoram???
What a crazy moment. Fantastic...
So much expression...
Well exposed and focused...
You did the best you can composition wise; maybe here it even make sense not to have the perfect composition (whatever that might be) and doing so underscoring the relevance and the expression of this awesome moment...

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-02-12 10:14]

Wow, this is something else Yoran! I have seen these Vultures in the Himalayas but not in Israel. Its a magnificent shot as it puts into perspective how huge these bird are! I wonder do they pick up Wolves? You really get close to the action and this shot is clear and sharp with excellent pov. Fantastic.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-12 10:14]

Hi Yoram,

What a shot!!! That Vulture must have been huge and you must have been too close for comfort. Fantastic action - not something many of us will ever get to see. You captured it perfectly - in great detail. This is a real wow.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-12 10:39]

Great capture! The scene is amazing, photo is really fantastic! Bravo!

Hello Yoram,

What a great action shot is this Yoram. One word: WOW. So much expression. Thats survival of the fittest (or strongest!)Perfect POV, DOF and BG and the time is perfect. So ful of fine details. You did a good job to remove a bit the gras on the foreground. It's makes the hole photo (scene) better. I'agree what Arjun said: this is an award winning picture. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hi Yoram,
What an action shot. Your timing is just superb. The details in both the vulture and jackal are of a very high quality and the exposure is just spot on. If you had only written a good note with the photo.

amazing, as usual, dash Ori

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  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2008-02-12 12:03]

Hello Yoram,

I am amazed with power of this photo!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-12 12:32]

Hello Yoram,
What a superb action photo. What is happening here? Perfect performance in great quality. The expression in the animals is amazing!

Hello Yoram

Words could never do this photo true justice.
It is probably the very best wildlife action shot I have ever seen.
I am totally amazed by it.
You have achieved a fantastic result.
I am absolutely awed by it.
Just amazing, absolutely amazing.
Thank you very much for sharing it with us.



Hi Yoram

wow, its wild, its amazing and it is perfect. It shows wild life more than most of the shots i ever seen. I can't say anything about the shot from technical view point, it is perfect.
well done
and thanks for sharing this amazing shot with us.


Hi Yoram,
Rellay a great photo and timing. TFS. Regards,

Hi Yoram,
A truly wonderful shot! Congratulations and TFS.

  • Great 
  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-15 20:42]

Hi Yoran

Great shot, in a perfect moment. Very strong image, and impresive action. Well done

Amazing! The size of the vulture is incredible and your fantastic picture really shows the viewers quite a spectacle and dramatic moment for both species.
Paul :)

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