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Bearded Vulture

Bearded Vulture
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Copyright: Alptekin Kutlu (alois) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500 mm f:4.0 D
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II), Karatash's other favorite -II-, My favourite birds of prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 7:22
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Bearded Vulture in flight(Lammergeier) from Kizilcahamam region near to Ankara.

From : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lammergeier
The Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture, Gypaetus barbatus, is an Old World vulture, the only member of the genus Gypaetus. It breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, Africa, India and Tibet, laying one or two eggs in mid-winter which hatch at the beginning of spring. The population is resident. Lammergeier have been re-introduced successfully into the Alps, but is still one of the rarest raptors in Europe.

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals. It usually disdains the rotting meat, however, and lives on a diet that is 90% bone marrow. It will drop large bones from a height to crack them to get smaller pieces. Its old name of Ossifrage (or Bone Crusher) relates to this habit. Live tortoises are also dropped in similar fashion to crack them open. Local people have even accused this species of intentionally forcing people off the edges of cliffs, although any incidents like this probably had everything to do with incautious people and nothing do to with Lammergeiers.

Unlike most vultures, Lammergeiers do not have a bald head. This huge bird is 95-125 cm (37-49 inches) long with a 235-280 cm (91-110 inches) wingspan, and is quite unlike most other vultures in flight due to its large, narrow wings and long, wedge-shaped tail. They weigh between 5 and 7 kg (11 and 15 lbs).

Adults have a buff-yellow body and head, the latter with the black moustaches which give this species its alternative name. Tail and wings are grey. Juvenile birds are dark all over, and take five years to reach full maturity. Most adult birds compulsively rub mud over their chin, breast and leg feathers, giving these areas a rust colored appearance. Lammergeiers are silent apart from shrill whistles at the breeding crags. They can live up to 40 years in captivity.

Their habitat is spread over Southern Europe, Africa, the Middle-east, India and Tibet, inhabiting exclusively mountainous terrain (between 500 and 4,000 meters; 1,300 to 13,100 feet). They breed from mid December to mid February, laying 1 to 2 eggs, which hatch between 53 and 58 days. After which the young spend 106 to 130 days in the nest, before flying out on their own.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-04-25 7:55]

One of the best photo of this legend. TFS.

Hello Alptekin , very impressive photo of this magnificient vulture species , very original POV ,good details and sharpness , TFS .

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-04-25 10:49]

Great picture due to nice background (better than blue sky) POV perfect and sharpness excellent with good compo

Hi Alptekin,
'Embracing The Acopalypse' could be the title....;-)
Great in flight and the background is 'fire'

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-25 12:24]

Hello Alptekin,
Excellent capture with fine POV and sharpness of the Bearded Vulture, a bird I dream to photograph. Pleasing BG and presentation.
Regards, Ivan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-25 14:36]

Hello Alptekin,
Great photo of this Geier. Very sharp in a beautiful light. But where was you standing when you took this photo? Original POV.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-04-26 4:04]

eyecatching! breathtaking! great in-flight action shot. great pov over the bird! excellent. tfs

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-07 11:05]

Cekim aciniz ve renkler cok guzel. Elinize saglik.

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