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Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 4:22
Viewed: 3811
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus is an Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. It has the most subspecies of any vulture.

The Griffon Vulture is 95-110 cm (37-43 in) long with a 230-265 cm (91-105 in) wingspan, and it weights between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lbs). It is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a white bald head, very broad wings and a short tail. 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.

Camera Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shooting Date/Time 16/06/2007 14:58:28
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/100
Av( Aperture Value ) 8.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation -1/3
ISO Speed 400
Lens 98.0 - 280.0 mm
Focal Length 125.0 mm
Image Size 3456x2304
Image Quality RAW

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Hello Annick,
extremely beautiful captured of this vulture!
perfect sharpness with natural colour and details
very well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 4:55]

Hello Annick,
Magnificent portrait.POV,use of light,details,BG and exposure are exclelent.

Hola Annick,
Precioso retrato con bonita pose, excelente nitidez e iluminación, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Annick,
What a superb portrait of this great looking Vulture. I actually didn't know they could possibly look good. The quality of the image is great, wonderful sharpness and lighting. I'm impressed.

Excellent capture Annick in all respects. Very fine work..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-26 6:03]

Hello Annick,
Terrific close capture and such razor-sharp details!! Nice light and beautiful colours too. Very impressive portrait!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Annick

Great POV for this shot. Lovely eye detail. :-)

Hello Annick,
Superb! Superb portrait! Razorsharp with great POV. Light is perfect.
Very well done. Congratulations!

Hi Annick,
A lovely portrait. Excellent capture of the vulture. Eyes are very well in focus. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful potrait with just enough DOF to highlight the eyes and beak.
Well done,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-26 11:10]

Perfect DOF Annick! The details are stunning! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • akazemi (111)
  • [2007-06-26 17:16]

Hi Annick
Beautiful potrait with good DOF
well done


Hi Annick,
Perfect DoF, to include beak and eyes within sharp zone.
Well focused, great sharpness.
Excellent close up shot.


And hello Again dear Annick!
Belive me or not but thanks to such portraits I learn to watch birds once again. Lovely details, great DOF and POV. Really nothing to add :>
Best greetings,

Hi Annick
Beautiful portrait.
Love the look in the birds eye, like he told you: Just this one shot and than buzz of :)
Excellent composition and wonderful clarity in the eye.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Magnifique gros plan, une réussite on le croirait ŕ côté de nous.

Hi Annick

Fantastic close-up potrait! The details are amazing and the lighting in optimal.


bonjour annick
peut etre un peu juste en profondeur de champ,neanmoins le bec est les yeux sont tres net et refletent bien l'agressivité de cet oiseau face a ces proies!

Hey Annick,
Wow this is a close up, almost looks like the beak is going to touch your lens. Fantastic POV and incredibly sharp, alot of fine details to see in the vultures face.
Great photo,
Best regards

Hi Annick,

impressive image! I like the detail and the POV



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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-07-10 6:51]

what a beautiful portrait! great details, focus on eye! excellent shot and fantastic gallery! tfs

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