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Griffon Vulture

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: 2011-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-25 1:05
Viewed: 3453
Points: 4
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The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

The Griffon Vulture is 93110 cm (3743 in) long with a 230280 cm (91111 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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Hi Pam,

timing is quite good, the wing slightly cut at the top, but the focus is okay.Certainly the shadow in the lower part of the vulture's body penalizes a bit the image, but anyway, thanks also to a good composition, the image is interesting and well made.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-25 7:04]

Hello Pam,
A photo from Walsrode too, just like me. Beautiful photo of this Griffon Vulture during landing. Excellent sharpness. A pity that the light wasn't on the bird as a whole. Great composition and DOF.
Later this year I'm going back to Walsrode.

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